Harvard School of Public Health research seems to indicate that consuming foods and drinks that are high in potassium may help to "significantly lower" the risk of developing heart disease, as the mineral works to remove sodium from the body. The essential mineral also helps to relax blood vessel walls, further reducing blood pressure.
Medical News Today advises that there are four fruit drinks in particular that contain the mineral: the fresh juice from oranges, tangerines, passion fruits and pomegranates.
A standard cup of each of these juices contains the following amounts of potassium:
- Passion fruit juice - 687 mg
- Pomegranate juice - 533 mg
- Orange juice - 496 mg
- Tangerine juice - 440 mg
Still, consumers should be careful when selecting which fruit juices to drink, as some brands add large amounts of sugar to their drinks, which will have the opposite of the desired effect on your blood pressure.