Beetroot Juice Daily Consumption Lowers High Blood Pressure?

Beetroot Juice Daily Consumption Lowers High Blood Pressure?

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A study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension has found that an extract from beetroot juice lowers high blood pressure significantly.

The researchers, from The Barts and The London Medical School in London, found that people with hypertension, who drank about eight ounces of beet juice daily had a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg.

The researchers felt that the amount of juice from beetroots consumed contains 0.2g of dietary nitrate - that's about the same amount of nitrate that's found in a large bowl of lettuce or approximately two beets.

After consumption nitrate is converted into nitrite and then to the gas nitric oxide, which then widens blood vessels, aids blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

Lead researcher Amrita Ahluwalia explained:

"Our hope is that increasing one's intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health."

http://newsroom.heart.org/news/drinking-cup-of-beetroot-juice-daily-may-help-lower-blood-pressure

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