High blood pressure, a common condition with potential health risks such as heart disease and stroke, might have found a new adversary in prunes, according to a study from Shifa College of Medicine.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, prunes could provide some degree of control over high blood pressure and consequently, protect heart health.
Prunes: Nutritional Benefactors
Prunes, essentially dried plums, are free of added sugars and boast of an impressive nutrient profile. Containing vitamin B6, manganese, and copper, prunes aid in the normal energy release from foods.
Prior research points to the capacity of fruits and vegetables, like prunes, to reduce blood pressure due to their antioxidant content and other health benefits.
The research aimed to assess the protective effects of prunes on heart health. The study included 259 participants with systolic blood pressures ranging between 120-139 mmHg and diastolic BP between 80-89 mmHg.
Participants were divided into two treatment groups (consuming either 3 or 6 prunes daily) and a control group (consuming a glass of plain water each morning).
The study revealed a significant reduction in blood pressure in participants who consumed a single dose of prunes (3 prunes) daily.
With the double dose of prunes (6 prunes), systolic BP saw a substantial reduction.
Interestingly, while the control group noted a significant increase in HDL (“good” cholesterol), the test groups displayed strongly reduced cholesterol and LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels.
High HDL cholesterol levels can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, while high LDL cholesterol levels can increase these risks.
The study’s findings suggest that prunes could play a role in controlling high blood pressure, thereby offering potential protection for heart health.
However, these results warrant further research for validation and to understand the mechanisms behind prunes’ blood pressure-lowering effects.
The study, conducted by Talat Ahmed and his team, strengthens the existing evidence supporting the cardiovascular benefits of incorporating fruits like prunes into the diet.
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The research is published in the Journal of Ayub Medical College and was conducted by Talat Ahmed et al.
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