Blood Red Beet Juice Brings Down Blood Pressure

| Feb 17, 2008

According to British researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine, drinking 500 ml (about one pint) of beetroot juice every day can significantly reduce blood pressure. It's the nitrate contained in the juice that produces the effect.

Bacteria in saliva convert the nitrate into nitrite, which either circulates throughout the body or is converted into nitric acid in the stomach. In either case, the chemical lowers blood pressure.

The effects of the beetroot juice become evident about one hour after ingestion and peak in three or four hours. Researchers noted that in some cases the effect lasts up to 24 hours.

Interestingly, nitrate is also found in leafy green vegetables. Scientists had previously concluded that it was the anti-oxidant vitamins in those vegetables that made them valuable components of a healthy diet. Now it turns out that their nitrate content may be even more important.

The researchers say that their findings may offer a simple, inexpensive way for people worldwide to control their high blood pressure.

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Posted by Anonymous on 21 February 2008

I read this article with enthusiasm. Then I checked with Juicingbook.com & read the following:
Never drink beet juice by itself. Beet juice should always be mixed with other vegetables and/or apple juice. Pure beet juice (from the bulb or greens) can temporarily paralyze your vocal chords, make you break out in hives, increase your heart rate, cause chills or a fever.

Posted by Anonymous on 2 June 2008

If you eat beets they are alone without mixing with other ingredients. Never had a problem with paralizing vocal cords, hives, chills or fever. Anyone can be allergic to anything, maybe that was the problem?
You think?

Posted by karthikeyan on 4 July 2008

Hi
This is karthikeyan from INDIA
some of them said that beets can make your your your blood and quantity,i Usually keep drinking the beet juice ,within 40 days i increase my weight.and im very healthy now.there is no affection like vocal cords.

and i need one answer diabetes can drink beets juice .


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