Unsalted tomato juice may help reduce blood pressure and heart disease risk

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Scientists from Tokyo Medical and Dental University found drinking unsalted tomato juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in Japanese adults at risk of heart disease.

The research is published in Food Science & Nutrition and was conducted by Tamami Odai et al.

In the study, the team examined 184 male and 297 female participants, who were provided with as much unsalted tomato juice as they wanted throughout one year.

At the end of the study, the team found blood pressure in 94 participants with untreated high blood pressure dropped strongly:

Systolic blood pressure lowered from an average of 141.2 to 137.0 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure lowered from an average of 83.3 to 80.9 mmHg.

In addition, LDL cholesterol levels in 125 participants with high cholesterol decreased from an average of 155.0 to 149.9 mg/dL. These beneficial effects were similar among men and women and among different age groups.

This study was the first to investigate the effects of tomato or tomato product intake on cardiovascular disease risk markers over the course of a year and over a wide age range

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