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June 30, 2010

Beetroot juice helps keep a tab on BP

A recently conducted study has revealed that regular intake of a glass of beetroot juice helps keep a tab on blood pressure.
The study has been carried out by a team of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London. The study noticed that people who drink beetroot juice or take beetroot tablets record for a control in blood pressure within 24 hours. The study suggests that BP lowering properties of beetroot can be attributed to nitrate content found in beetroot is responsible for controlling blood pressure.

Nitrate, which is found in beetroot in large amounts is also beneficial for cardiovascular health. Speaking about the study, lead researcher Amrita Ahluwalia said that they “showed that beetroot & nitrate capsules are equally effective in lowering blood pressure indicating that it is the nitrate content of beetroot juice that underlies its potential to reduce blood pressure. We also found that only a small amount of juice is needed just 250ml to 've this effect, & that the higher the blood pressure at the start of the study the greater the decrease caused by the nitrate.”

"We gave inorganic nitrate capsules or beetroot juice to healthy volunteers & compared their blood pressure responses & the biochemical changes occurring in the circulation," Amrita added. One of the results of blood pressure abnormalities is heart disease. The report was recently published in the health journal called Hypertension.
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