How One Can Lower Blood Pressure with Beet Juice
Most vegetables are so inconspicuous in appearance that you do not think
of them as having life altering powers. Beet root is one such vegetable. According to a study
published in the American Heart Association's Hypertension journal, drinking beet juice is the
natural and effective way to lower high blood pressure quickly and to help prevent cardiovascular
This miraculous vegetable, which is also known as table beet, garden beet, red beet or just plain
beet, contains betaine which reduces the concentration of homocycsteine in the blood. Homocycsteine
is usually linked with heart disease and stroke.
Beet root juice is equivalent in its effect on blood
pressure to nitrate tablets.
Beet root juice is equivalent in its effect on blood pressure to nitrate
tablets. This was found in two studies, both conducted by British scientists at the Queen Mary
University of London. The research team observed that beet juice can lower blood pressure within 24
hours because of the presence of the organic form of nitrate in it. Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of
Vascular Biology at Queen Mary's William Harvey Research Institute and the author of the study,
said that the beneficial effects of beet on the cardiovascular system were due to the increased
levels of nitric oxide in the circulation, which is a type of biological messenger in the body.
These levels increased because of nitrate presence in beet. Nitric oxide signals smooth muscle
tissue to relax, induces vasodilation and increases blood flow, leading to a lower blood
Drinking two cups of beet juice daily can lower blood pressure by approximately
10 points, which is equal to the effect that medication would have on high blood pressure,
according to a study published in HYPERTENSION (March 2008).
The safest way to drink beet juice is to mix it with juices of other vegetables
or with apple juice. If you drink beet juice alone, your vocal chords can suffer from temporary
paralysis along with other adverse side effects. Drink beet juice only after consulting a