A new research study conducted by the scientists of Queen Mary College at the University of London has recently published an article in Hypertension, the journal of the American Heart Association, which had astonishing results.
You see, there are certain types of vegetables that contain a natural chemical that lowers your blood pressure by 11 points in just 3-6 hours.
The study linking these vegetables to a decrease in blood pressure involved 15 people comprising of 8 women and 7 men; all of whom suffered from systolic high blood pressure ranging from 140 to 159mm Hg. Participants were not suffering from complications as a result of their condition, nor were they on blood pressure medications.
After drinking a glass of nitrate-containing water or beetroot juice, the participant’s blood pressure was taken, and the results were astounding – a whopping 11.2 mmHg decrease on average. The biggest drop in blood pressure was measured after 3-6 hours, but it was still significantly lower than the baseline when it was tested again after 24 hours.
Since the overall point of the study was to determine whether optimal choices in diet and lifestyle could indeed affect blood pressure levels, the hypothesis was correct as the answer was an emphatic and resounding “yes!”
The amount of nitrate used in the study was equal to consuming either two beets or a bowl of lettuce. This shows that just ONE meal that was high in nitrate is enough to lower your blood pressure throughout the day.
Remember, when it comes to high nitrate foods, you aren’t limited to beetroot; you can also add carrots, fennel, lettuce, radishes, cabbage, spinach or green beans to your meals for the same results. It seems that variety is not only the spice of life; it might actually prolong it!