According to a new study, drinking a glass of beet juice can almost immediately reduce high blood pressure.
The study showed that a few hours after drinking beet juice, systolic blood pressure from a group of healthy men, fell by an average of 5.4 points.
Previous studies had shown that juice or beet juice could lower blood pressure in a laboratory setting.
But researchers say this is the first study to examine the effects of beet juice on a healthy person without making any other changes in diet or lifestyle.
Nitrates in beet juice and blood pressure
According to the scientific journal Science Daily, the nitrates contained in beet juice are responsible for the effectiveness of beet juice to lower high blood pressure.
Nitrates in dietary sources such as beets and green leafy vegetables are converted to nitric oxide by a prolonged biological process. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels and dilates. This helps blood flow more easily, thus lowering blood pressure.
Registered dietitian Norman Hord, an associate professor in the School of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University says that nitrates are probably “the most potent dietary component in lowering blood pressure.”
According to Hord, previous studies have found more impressive reductions in blood pressure by up to 10 points three hours after drinking beet juice.
How to drink beet juice to lower high blood pressure
The taste of beet juice can be very strong for some people. A good choice is to mix it with apple juice. The general recommendation for lowering the pressure is 250 to 500 ml of beet juice a day. People prone to kidney stones or gall stones should not take it.
More research is needed on the long-term effects of using beet juice to lower blood pressure.
On the other hand, if you are taking blood pressure medications, consult your doctor before consuming beet juice.
Beet juice can stain urine and red stools. Some people may experience nausea and vomiting if they consume too much beet juice.
It is recommended to start small and increase the amount as the body gets accustomed. Excessive consumption of beet juice can cause damage to the liver or pancreas.
Consult your doctor before taking beet juice if you have other health problems.
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