Natural Heart Support – Beetroot
Beetroot is one of the many cultivated varieties of beets (Beta vulgaris). Most of us, when we think about beetroot, think about the pickled variety that is eaten with salad. However, a lot of recent publicity about this root vegetable has focused on its potential for supporting the cardiovascular system and for natural heart support.
Research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension showed drinking 500 ml of beetroot juice led to a reduction in blood pressure within one hour. The reduction was more pronounced after three to four hours, and was measurable up to 24 hours after drinking the juice.
The blood pressure lowering effects of beetroot have been attributed to the presence of high levels of nitrate. Studies have shown a correlation between high nitrate concentrations in the blood following ingestion of the beetroot juice and a drop in blood pressure. Dietary nitrate, such as that found in the beetroot, is thought to be a source for the production of nitric oxide, which is used by the body to help increase blood flow by dilating blood vessels leading to blood pressure reduction.
For those who, like me, are not thrilled with the idea of drinking large quantities of this juice the good news is that it is now available in capsule form and exhibits the same beneficial effects.
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