Two glasses of orange juice a day can lower blood pressure and cut the risk of heart disease, scientists have found.
They have discovered that middle-aged men who drank half-a-litre of juice every day for a month, equivalent to about two glasses, saw a significant decline in their blood pressure readings.
Findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms the presence of a natural plant chemical called hesperidin - part of a a class of disease-fighting compounds found in plant foods like tea, fruit, soya and cocoa. Although previous studies have hinted orange juice may be good for the heart, scientists have been uncertain exactly what gives it its protective powers.
Heart disease is Britain's biggest killer with around 270,000 people suffering a heart attack every year and nearly one in three die before they even reach hospital. High blood pressure, which puts our arteries under greater pressure when the heart beats, affects one in five people and is one of the major risk factors contributing to a cardiac arrest.