High blood pressure diet: Eating THIS cheap fruit could boost blood flow and heart health

High blood pressure - or hypertension - affects 31 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women in the UK, and there are seven million people who are undiagnosed.

Many hypertension patients also have poor blood flow - and the two are often interlinked when it comes to heart health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, half of people with untreated hypertension die of heart disease related to poor blood flow.

However, eating blackcurrants has been found to improve blood flow and heart health.

Research linked blackcurrants to decreased oxidative stress and and improved vascular health in individuals who normally had a low fruit and vegetable intake.

Studies by Health Currancy, a supplements brand which use New Zealand blackcurrants, found them to increase blood flow by up to 20 per cent.

It’s down to a compound in the fruit called anthocyanins, which give certain fruit and vegetables their purple colour.

Blackcurrants have three times the concentration of anthocyanins compared to other purple fruit and vegetables.

As well as helping heart health and blood flow, anthocyanins have been found to help reduce inflammation and improve brain  health too.

The research was conducted using a supplement, called CurranNZ, that contained 35 per cent anthocyanins.

Other health benefits of blackcurrants include supporting a healthy gut, by promoting the growth of ‘friendly’ bacteria.

Additionally, blackcurrant extract has been shown to have an anti-viral effect against four strains of the flu virus.

Earlier this year it was revealed that blood flow is as important as managing blood pressure and cholesterol for heart health.

As people get older, their blood can become stickier.

Maintaining a healthy blood flow can help reduce risk of heart attack.

As well as eating blackcurrants, healthy blood flow can be promoted by eating an overall healthy diet and exercising.



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