Beetroot Juice Treats High Bood Pressure

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Just beet it! So says a new trial from the Queen Mary University of London. It found that drinking just one glass of beetroot juice daily can greatly lower blood pressure for people with high blood pressure.

Researchers already knew beetroot juice was beneficial for hypertension patients. And the new study, published in Hypertension journal, is the first to prove that beetroot juice has a lasting impact on lowering blood pressure.

And it's all thanks to one little ingredient nitrate.

The benefits of nitrate on heart health

Beetroot, like many leafy veggies is jam packed with nitrate. It absorbs the nutrient from the soil. When the nitrate enters our body, it's turned into nitric oxide. This magic molecule dilates the blood vessels, which in turn reduce high blood pressure.

What did the study involve?

The university research team studied 64 people aged 18 to 85. Half of the volunteers were already on high blood pressure medication, but had not yet reached their goal blood pressure levels.

The other half had high blood pressure but were not on medication for the condition.

Participants were randomly placed into one of two groups ,the first group drank a glass of beetroot juice each day; the second group drank beetroot juice without nitrate (they didn't know which one they were drinking).

What were the results?

Interestingly, at the end of a four-week trial period, the people who took the active beetroot juice had a blood pressure reduction of 8/4 mmmHg (millimeters of mercury).

What's even more interesting is that when they stopped drinking the beetroot juice, their blood pressure shot back up to their original levels.

So the lesson here is to drink beetroot juice daily to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. Hate beetroots? That's okay. Nitrate is the essential ingredient, so you could ask your health professional about a nitrate supplement."

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