How do a couple of cups of delicious fruit sound as a cure for high blood pressure?
How about it being so effective that you will see your numbers fall almost immediately.
Scientists from the University of California put this delicious fruit to the test in a study recently presented at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting in Boston.
The scientists gave 24 postmenopausal women 330 grams (equal to two cups) of mango every day for 14 days.
They then asked the women to cut mangoes from their diet for the next 13 days.
The women were tested several times during both periods (with and without mangoes in their diet) to check their blood pressure and pulse rates.
The mango had an almost immediate effect, with the systolic blood pressure and pulse rate of the participants dropping significantly just two hours after eating it.
Systolic blood pressure is the amount of pressure your blood exerts against your artery walls when your heart beats. Diastolic blood pressure is the amount of pressure against your arterial walls between heartbeats.
Pulse pressure is the difference between the measured systolic and diastolic pressures. Since the systolic pressures of many people are too high, a reduction in pulse pressure is considered to be healthy.
Since two cups of mango per day is easy and tasty to consume, why not give it a try?
You can eat it raw, use it to make smoothies, juices, chutneys, or sauces, put it in chilies and curries, or add it to muesli or even your morning cereal. The choices are plentiful, and the sky is the limit!
The scientists used honey mango (or Ataulfo) because of its richness in polyphenols.
Other studies have also revealed that mango lowers not only blood pressure, but cholesterol too.