Beets Lower Blood Pressure

Last summer, I told you about an interesting study that showed that drinking beet root juice boosts your stamina and could help you exercise for up to 16% longer.

beetroot juice Beets Lower Blood PressureAt that time, the theory was that the nitrate contained in beet root juice leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake, making exercise less tiring.

The researchers weren’t sure of the exact mechanism that caused the nitrate in the beet root juice to boost stamina, but they suspected that it could be a result of the nitrate turning into nitric oxide in the body, reducing the oxygen cost of exercise.

And they were right.

In a study published today, researchers were able to demonstrate that the nitrate found in beetroot juice was in fact the cause of its beneficial effects upon cardiovascular health by increasing the levels of the gas nitric oxide in the circulation.

And it goes beyond improving athletic performance.

According to the research, test subjects who consumed either 250 ml of beetroot juice or an equivalent inorganic nitrate supplement were able to lower their blood pressure within 24 hours. And considering that cardiovascular disease is the world’s biggest killer, having a natural solution to hypertension is pretty damn awesome.

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

5 Comments

  1. EJ CHARLES

    June 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Where can obtain this juice?

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  3. Chris

    July 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Those are great recipes, can’t wait to try them out. Think I’ll start off with the beet, citrus and avocado salad. Noticed no update yet, but have you heard anything from the study’s author?

  4. healthhabits

    July 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm

  5. Chris

    July 1, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Beet fiber is also believed to stabilize glucose absorption after meals, which could be a help to diabetics in controlling their blood sugar levels. Looking forward to an update.

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