Tomato juice is a popular drink that everyone associates with vodka. However, it can also be consumed as a medicine. It sounds incredible, but it is a fact proven by a scientific experiment. Such was conducted by scientists from the University of Tokyo.
For the purpose of the experiment, 481 volunteers were invited. Each of them was required to drink tomato juice in unlimited quantities, but without adding salt. Each participant had to keep a diary where they could describe the changes they observed in their health.
The results of the study lead to the conclusion that all participants who had hypertension or a pre-existing condition before the start of the experiment had an average drop of about 3 percent in their blood pressure.
This is not a completely natural result and it is due to the content of the raw material for preparing tomato juice - tomato. Tomatoes lower blood pressure levels thanks to their high potassium content. For most people, it is in short supply, but it is important because it takes care of the functions of the heart. With one medium-sized tomato, we get 9 percent of the daily dose and from tomato juice we get 534 milligrams of potassium.
Tomatoes and their juice are an indispensable part of the Mediterranean diet, which is among the leading dietary regimes for the low rates of heart disease in people who follow it, as it keeps the blood in the ideal limits for the body. Tomato dishes are numerous and contain tomato sauce, which is made from the juice of tomatoes. Olive oil optimizes the beneficial properties of tomato juice.
High levels of lycopene and beta carotene have a key role in reducing LDL cholesterol levels, which is directly related to blood pressure. Maintaining optimal values of these indicators eliminates the risk of appearance of blood clots and inflammatory processes.
However, experts warn that tomato juice must be consumed without salt. The high sodium content of the juice has exactly the opposite effect. The recommendation is to consume it in its pure natural form without any other additives, especially for salt.