Beet juice – Benefits of Juicing Proven by UK Hospital.

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
blood pressure”.

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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  • Anonymous February 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I’d sure love to know HOW MUCH the blood pressure was actually lowered. The fact that they don’t give hard numbers makes me think it’s too little to bother with.

  • Sandy February 6, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    At 2.5 hours the systolic reading was around 10 mm of mercury (Hg) lower.
    Diastolic pressure (when heart was at rest) a reduction of 8 mm HG was seen after 3 hours.

    The effects lasted for up to 24 hours. With continued juicing, a good diet and lifestyle changes the results could be much better and lasting.

    Many people have reduced their blood pressure by this method.

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  • Anonymous August 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    My 28 year old nephew has cancer with liver problems, and he HAD high blood pressure, about 189/92. We heard the beet juice would cleanse the liver, so we gave it a try. He mixes it with organic apple juice. His liver has shown dramatic improvement, and his blood pressure runs about 118/64. He's only taken the juice for about 3 weeks, 1/4 cup (2 ounces) a day. You be the judge. They wanted to put him on Blood Pressure medicine, but he was taking so much medication and having so many other problems he wanted to try something natural first. We think it is a one of Gods many blessings that he has put on this earth for healing.

  • mike January 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I have read about the benefits of beet juice before. I would be interested to know how long the effects last after taking the beet juice. If you take it over say 3 months will this reduce blood pressure?

  • Sandy January 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Beet juice works because of the dietary nitrate contained in it and similarly in green, leafy vegetables

    Blood pressure is usually reduced within just 1 hour of drinking beet juice, with a peak drop occurring 3-4 hours later. Some degree of reduction continues for up to 24 hours.

    Unless you are doing other things to counteract the cause then you will probably need to continue to drink a glass a day.

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