In a study conducted at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK and funded by the British Heart Foundation, it was revealed that drinking a glass of beetroot juice daily can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. It even benefited those whose blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment.

Published in the journal Hypertension, the findings claimed that beetroot contains high levels of inorganic nitrate. In the human body, inorganic nitrate converts to nitric oxide, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels. Other leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage also have high levels of the compound, which they take up from the soil through their roots. Amrita Ahluwalia, a vascular pharmacology professor at QMUL, said this research has proven that a daily inorganic nitrate dose can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure. She added that the best part is one can get it from beetroot and other leafy green vegetables. Increasing dietary nitrate is something patients can easily work into their daily lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure is either the primary cause of, or contributes to, 1,000 American deaths every day.

Source: Medical News Today

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