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Thursday
Mar142013

Gazpacho for Your Blood Pressure

The new study found that consuming gazpacho regularly does as much good for blood pressure control as eating the ingredient vegetables individually.We usually think of gazpacho as a refreshing summer treat, but researchers from the University of Barcelona in Spain have shown that the traditional spicy blend of tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and olive oil can help control high blood pressure year round. The study, published online on November 12, 2012 by the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, examined the effect of gazpacho consumption in 3,995 individuals as part of a larger analysis of the effects of the Mediterranean diet on people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The researchers noted that earlier studies had demonstrated an associated between the main gazpacho ingredients (when consumed separately) with a reduction in high blood pressure. The new study found that consuming gazpacho regularly does as much good for blood pressure control as eating the ingredient vegetables individually, and that the beneficial effects of gazpacho makes it heart healthy despite the soup’s salt content. In some cases, the investigators found that consuming gazpacho lowers the risk of high blood pressure by 27 percent.

Source:
Medina-Remón, et al. “Gazpacho consumption is associated with lower blood pressure and reduced hypertension in a high cardiovascular risk cohort. Cross-sectional study of the PREDIMED trial”, doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2012.07.008

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Reader Comments (9)

It would be nice to know what brand the researchers recommend for gazpacho. It is also interesting that eating "gazpacho regularly does as much good for blood pressure control as eating the ingredient vegetables individually". This is now going to find it's way on my menu as my family has a history of heart disease.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJai

We have been consuming gazpacho for generations, especially during the summer. There are different recipes, from the simple tomato-garlic-red pepper-salt-extra virgin olive oil-water gazpacho to the white gazpacho consisting in almonds, prunes and water. In my family there have not been any CV accidents as far as I know, and it could well be due to our consuming gazpacho once a week at least.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariano Raigon

Gazpacho for reducing high blood pressure sounds great. I like spicy foods. All I need to do is find a recipe.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSanFay

Thanks for sharing and reminding us of the wonderful uses and benefits of this bean.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Dutchin

I will be whipping up plenty of that. I prefer foods to control my blood pressure and now am completely off of any drugs! One more meal for my diet!

March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Gazpacho is one of life's strange pleasures. The recipe looks like it shouldn't work - yet it's absolutely delicious, in all it's forms. Those who have yet to be brave enough to be tempted by that 'weird cold soup', be afraid no more, it's so much better than you'd ever think.
Oh, and now it's good for you too. But then, look at the ingredients, and that shouldn't be a surprise.
@Jai - make it fresh, it's easy and so much better that way. You can also control the flavours more, in case you want to ease up or max out the garlic for example :-)

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPierce H

I can't believe I've never had Gazpacho! I love all of the ingredients, will be putting this on the recipe list for next week!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErica House

This is great to learn. I have high blood pressure and am currently on 2 medicines to control it. My goal is to eventually come off the medicine ... this is something I can't believe I haven't tried just because it sounds good ... but if it could help me out, too, that would be awesome!

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTim Riley

Try it with a Spanish olive oil and red wine vinegar, if you love cilantro, chop up some and sprinkle on top , and the finishing touch of course is to cube up (like for croutons) a couple of Tbs off a nice fresh crusty french Baguette (Sour Dough is best) toasted or fresh, I prefer fresh, and throw them on top, Voila! Orgasmic.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterval edwards

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