Beet juice (beetroot in the UK) has been found to reduce blood pressure in a recent study at a prominent London Hospital. Researchers gave the volunteers half a litre (a little less than a pint) of beet juice to drink. The lowering effect on blood pressure was dramatic and was seen in 3 -4 hours after drinking the juice.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease which causes 50% of deaths in Europe. Although figures have been reducing in the last few years 1 in 4 women in the USA still die from it
Practitioners of Natural Medicine have long known the benefit of fresh vegetable juicing on blood pressure. But previously it had been thought to be due to the potassium and antioxidants contained in the juices.
The current research revealed that the blood pressure lowering effect of beet (beetroot) juice was due to the nitrite that was formed from nitrate in the beets by the action of bacteria naturally present in the mouth. Nitrite causes blood vessels to dilate lowering the pressure.
Beet juice has traditionally been used as a natural health remedy to detox and build the blood. It contains betaine, a natural substance, that helps liver function. More recently betaine has been included in nutritional supplements used to lower homocysteine in the blood. this is a substance that damages blood vessels and is considered a heart disease risk.
However I don’t think any natural health practitioner would recommend that anyone should drink 500 ml of neat beet (beetroot) juice because of the strong reactions some people have to it. It is generally mixed with other juices such as carrot, celery and green leaves. The proportion is usually 1 part of beet juice to 4 parts of other vegetable juice.
Professor Ahluwalia said “Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern day battle against rising
So if you are looking for a Natural health Remedy for raised blood pressure you have the proof that beet (beetroot) juicing will help. And natural remedies don’t have the side affects that drugs do.
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