Drinking beetroot juice could lower blood pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major health problem that affects millions of people around the world.

When blood pushes too hard against the walls of blood vessels, it can cause heart disease, stroke, and other health issues.

The Study: Beetroot Juice for Blood Pressure?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have made a surprising discovery: beetroot juice could help reduce high blood pressure.

What Makes Beetroot Special?

Beetroot is a brightly colored vegetable, known for its sweet taste. It has many vitamins, including vitamin B9, that help with cell growth.

It also helps keep blood vessels healthy, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Moreover, beetroot contains high levels of nitrates, which the body turns into nitric oxide. This is crucial for our health because it widens blood vessels, improves circulation, and lowers blood pressure.

Testing the Theory

Earlier studies showed that a single dose of dietary nitrate can lower blood pressure quickly in healthy people.

But the London researchers wanted to find out if drinking beetroot juice every day could have a long-lasting effect for people with high blood pressure.

In the four-week study, they worked with 68 people aged between 18 and 85 who had hypertension.

The participants were divided into two groups. One group drank a glass of beetroot juice every day. The other group drank beetroot juice with no nitrates.

The Results: Lower Blood Pressure and Improved Cardiovascular Health

The researchers found that the group who drank beetroot juice had significantly lower blood pressure.

Their blood vessel function also improved by 20%, and the stiffness of their arteries was reduced.

These results suggest that daily consumption of beetroot juice could help improve overall heart health.

What’s more, there were no adverse effects in the group who drank beetroot juice. So, it seems to be a safe and effective way to manage high blood pressure.

What This Means for People with High Blood Pressure

These findings could make a big difference to people with hypertension. Beetroot juice is an affordable and easy option for managing blood pressure.

More research is needed to fully understand the long-term benefits of beetroot juice. But this study offers hope to people with high blood pressure looking for safe and effective ways to manage their condition.

You can also check out other studies about the benefits of drinking tea for lowering blood pressure and the potential risk of kidney damage from long-term use of high blood pressure drugs.

The research was led by Vikas Kapil and is published in Hypertension.

If you care about blood pressure, please read studies about unhealthy habits that could increase high blood pressure risk, and eating eggs in a healthy diet may reduce risks of diabetes, high blood pressure.

For more information about blood pressure, please see recent studies that early time-restricted eating could help improve blood pressure, and results showing common snack may lead to high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorder.

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