Could it be so simple that one common vegetable could instantly drop your blood pressure 5 points?
What new vegetable discovery could be responsible and why have you not heard of it?
You have. In fact, this vegetable has been around likely as long as there have been people.
It is literally a super-food. But many people don’t realize what incredible power it holds and stroll past it in the produce aisle.
Beetroot juice. It’s been touted lately as a “super” food and practically a cure-all vegetable; however, it’s not just “lately” that this vegetable has been around.
It’s been documented that beetroot juice was used in Roman times to treat everything from fever to acne and was also used as an aphrodisiac.
While I wouldn’t discount these properties based on all of my research into beetroot juice benefits, my focus is on its effect on blood pressure.
For some time we’ve known that this juice may lower blood pressure, but in a 2010 British study researchers discovered that nitrate is the ingredient in the juice responsible for lowering blood pressure.
In this study, participants were divided into 3 groups and given beetroot juice, nitrate pills and a placebo, respectively.
Those on the juice and nitrate pills had a significant blood pressure reduction within less than 24 hours, compared to the placebo group.
Given that many with high blood pressure can end up on multiple medications, beetroot juice is a great option. Just be aware that beetroot juice on its own can have a burning effect on the throat. If you want to avoid that, mix it with a carrot/apple juice combination.
Unfortunately, researchers have also advised that beetroot juice is a “love it” or “hate it” type of drink. Some people just can’t drink it, no matter how healthy it may be.
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