High blood pressure affects more than 25 per cent of all UK adults.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, increases the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes.
But making some small diet or lifestyle changes could lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Drinking more cranberry juice is a quick and easy way to ward off hypertension, claimed medical website Vive Health.
Cranberry juice could reduce your chances of high blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, it said.
Lowering the stress on blood vessels could boost blood flow around the body.
The juice contains powerful anti-inflammatories that may also prevent damage inside blood vessels, it added.
But, it’s crucial that patients choosing to drink more cranberry juice opt for an unsweetened version.
“Cranberries are a superfruit, so that must make cranberry juice a super-drink,” said the medical website.
“There is no denying that both [cranberries and cranberry juice] have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
“Those properties go a long way toward preventing and reducing inner blood vessel damage, and ultimately lowering blood pressure.
“Also, cranberry juice has been reported to reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
“Of course, with its abundance of vitamin C, cranberries have a super friend in the fight to lower blood pressure.”
Drinking cranberry juice could also lower your risk of having urinary tract infections, it’s been claimed.
The fruit contains compounds that stop bacteria from attaching themselves to the lining of the urinary tract.
Cutting back on the amount of salt in your diet, while also eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, is one of the best ways to reduce your blood pressure, said the NHS.
Salt raises blood pressure. Everyone should aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day – the equivalent to about a teaspoon.
Having hypertension puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs, including the heart and lungs.
The only way of knowing if you’re at risk of high blood pressure is to get it checked.
Speak to a GP or pharmacist to have your blood pressure checked. All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years.