Glass of beetroot a day keeps BP in check

Kounteya Sinha | TNN

New Delhi: A single glass of beetroot juice a day is known to keep your blood pressure at bay. But what made this vegetable so beneficial for those suffering from hypertension has finally been found, thanks to a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London.

The study reveals that the nitrate content of beetroot juice is the underlying cause behind the lowering of BP. The study, published in the American Heart Association journal, ‘Hypertension’, has found that blood pressure came down within 24 hours among patients who took nitrate tablets or drank beetroot juice.

The research will be welcome news to blood pressure patients who might now be able to use this novel natural approach to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attacks —the world’s biggest killer.

Amrita Ahluwalia, a professor of vascular biology at Queen Mary’s Research Institute and the brain behind the study, said: “The investigation was able to demonstrate that the nitrate found in beetroot juice was the cause of its beneficial effects upon cardiovascular health by increasing the levels of the gas nitric oxide in the circulation.”

“We gave inorganic nitrate capsules or beetroot juice to healthy volunteers and compared their BP responses and the biochemical changes occurring in the circulation. We showed that beetroot and nitrate capsules are equally effective in lowering BP,” she added. The team also found that only 250 ml is needed to control BP. The nitrate in beetroot holds the key to bring down BP.



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