High blood pressure is also referred to as hypertension. It is an extremely serious medical condition, which can result in heart failure, coronary artery disease, kidney failure and stroke. There are also other numerous health problems that can be caused by high blood pressure. Approximately one in three adults has hypertension in the United States. This medical condition in itself is not associated with any symptoms and signs. This means that one can have hypertension for several years unknowingly. However, during this period, the condition can cause damage to kidneys, blood vessels, heart, and other body parts.
Research studies have shown that the leading contributor of cardiovascular disease is high blood pressure, which also happens to be one of the causes of high mortality rates in the United States. In a study conducted by Xinli Li from China’s Medical College of Soochow University, as well as other colleagues, a meta-analysis of data was collected from a total of six clinical trials. The trials involved investigated the relationship between blood pressure and lycopene supplementation. According to the findings obtained, there is a link between lycopene supplementation and lowered systolic blood pressure. This means that incorporating lycopene supplements in the normal diet can result in a reduction in blood pressure. Further analysis led to a suggestion that lycopene is effective in lowering systolic blood pressure, particularly in pre-hypertensive people. A greater systolic blood pressure reduction was found when lycopene supplementation was greater. This means that the effects observed depended on the dose of concentration of lycopene. Tomato is a key source of lycopene. This may thus suggest that incorporating or consuming tomatoes may play a role in management of blood pressure.