Can Eating Beets Help You Manage High Blood Pressure?


Fresh Beets and Beet Juice

When you are managing a weight loss plan , it is easy to lose sight of why you are eating certain foods. Although your goal is to lose weight and keep it off, the fastest way to accomplish that is to restore your good health. For most us, our bodies are well-equipped to manage fat storage and burn. What happens is we sabotage the system by over-eating (unbalanced consumption) things that are bad for our health and wellness, such as trans fats, processed foods, excessive sodium, etc. Substituting our so called "comfort foods" with vegetables like beets is great for any menu plan

According to a study published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension, consuming beet juice helps to lower blood pressure. The research included 64 individuals with elevated blood pressure levels. Each consumed eight ounces of beet juice a day over a four-week test period. The root vegetable's nectar lowered systolic pressure by 8 points on average, and diastolic pressure by 2 to 5 points. The collective reduction in blood pressure was equivalent to taking a standard dose of a prescription hypertensive drug.

Doctors attributed the positive results to the nitrates contain in beets. Nitrates cause blood vessels to dilate. Nitrate is an essential plant nutrient found in soil that is taken in by all plants and used as a primary nitrogen source. Some other fruits and vegetables that contain nitrates include: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, spinach, celery, chervil, lettuce, arugula, carrots and green beans. Based on the textbook “Functional Biochemistry in Health and Disease,” studies done on nitrate-rich vegetables such as beets have found that when nitric oxide is highest in the bloodstream, blood pressure is at its lowest. 

To learn more about how eating real foods can work for you, contact the Metabolic Research Center for your free, no obligations consultation. Our weight loss specialists have been in your shoes and understand how ineffective and frustrating "fad diets" can be. 

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