Can Drinking Beet Juice Lower Blood Pressure?
Beets are a popular super food that can help lower blood pressure
That vibrant red beets are known for. You may have been asked to eat them pickled as a child and vowed to never eat as an adult. But, did you know that beetroot juice can help lower blood pressure? One of the most popular super foods today, beets have made a healthy resurgence into the weight management and heart-healthy community.
How beets help lower blood pressure and confers health
Along with Swiss chard and spinach, beets belong to the chenopod family. Beets made into juice contain a health-coferring compound referred to as betalains. Beetroot contains high levels of inorganic nitrates. These nitrates help to relax and dilate blood vessel cell walls. The Journal of Phytotherapy research asserts that betalains are also beneficial in the prevention of certain cancers.
Researchers conducted a study at the Queen Mary University in London found that within one hour of consuming beetroot juice blood pressure was lowered. Their research was published in the Journal of Hypertension. While there is not one agreed upon amount yet for consuming beetroot juice, this study concluded that consuming one 8 ounce glass per day was beneficial and in accordance with their findings.
Combined research among all studies suggests that beetroot juice not only helps maintain healthy blood pressure, but may assert beneficial effects on the entire cardiovascular system.
If you are hoping to maintain healthy blood pressure or avoid taking a blood pressure medication, speaking to one of our nutritional specialists could help you make this decision and get you incorporating this healthy juice into your menu plan now!
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