According to a new study, drinking a glass of beet juice can almost immediately reduce high blood pressure.
The study showed that a few hours after drinking beet juice, systolic blood pressure of a group of healthy men, dropped by an average of 5.4 points.
Previous studies have shown that the beetroot juice could lower blood pressure in a laboratory environment.
But researchers say this is the first study to examine the effects of beetroot juice in a healthy person without making any other changes in diet or lifestyle.
Nitrate in the beetroot juice and blood pressure
According to the journal, Daily Science, nitrates present in the beet juice are responsible for the effectiveness of beetroot juice to lower blood pressure.
Nitrates in dietary sources such as beets and green leafy vegetables, is converted to nitric oxide by a prolonged biological process. Nitric oxide relaxes and dilates blood vessels.
This helps the blood flow more easily thereby lowering the blood pressure.
The registered dietitian Norman Hord, associate professor of the School of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University says that nitrates are probably “the component most powerful diet to lower blood pressure”.
According to Hord, previous studies have found impressive reductions in the blood pressure up to 10 points, three hours after drinking beet juice.
How to take the beetroot juice to lower blood pressure
The taste of beet juice can be very strong for some people. A good option is to mix it with apple juice. The general recommendation to lower blood pressure is to have 250 to 500 ml of beetroot juice a day.
More research is needed on the effects of long term use of beetroot juice to lower blood pressure.
Moreover, if you are taking blood pressure medications, consult your doctor before consuming beet juice.
Beet juice can discolor urine and feces to red. Some people may experience nausea and vomiting when consuming beet juice.
We recommend starting with little and continue to increase the amount as the body gets used to it.