Good news for Dwight Schrute and other beet farmers of the world: Their ship just came in.
New research from the UK shows that a daily beetroot juice can help lower your blood pressure. Apparently it’s the nitrate content that does the trick.
Study results show that the daily serving of beetroot juice worked just as well as nitrate capsules to increase nitric oxide levels and lower blood pressure. Nitric oxide helps maintain elasticity of blood vessels, and protects cells that line blood vessels and the heart.
Researchers say that about 8.5 ounces is all you need for an effective daily dose. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the pungent taste of beet juice, so 8.5 ounces every day seems like a lot! If you feel the same way, you might add a little pineapple or orange juice to help smooth out the taste.
And if you just can’t get past that powerful flavor, Solaray offers a beetroot extract.
One word of warning, though: If you have a history of kidney stones, the beetroot therapy may not be the best way for you. Beets contain a lot of oxalic acid, which can prompt formation of kidney stones.
To Your Good Health,
“Beet Juice Beats High Blood Pressure” Ivanhoe Newswire, 6/29/10, ivanhoe.com