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How To “Beet” High Blood Pressure.

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More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. In fact, it is generally regarded as the most significant risk factor for a stroke.

Recently, there have been several studies showing that drinking fresh beet juice can lead to clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure.

 

Background Information:

Beet juice has been a popular folk remedy for centuries. The primary focus has been in disorders of the liver, but they have recently gained recognition for their anticancer and heart health promoting properties.

The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color–betacyanin–is a powerful cancer-fighting agent while naturally occurring nitrates are thought to be responsible for its beneficial effects on the heart and vascular system. Previous studies have shown that:

  • Drinking just 16 ounces of fresh beet juice a day significantly reduced BP by up to 10 mm Hg in healthy subjects.
  • Beet juice lowered blood pressure within just an hour with a peak drop occurring 3 to 4 hours after ingestion.
  • The decrease in blood pressure is due to the chemical formation of nitrite from the dietary nitrates in the juice.
  • Once in the general circulation, nitrite can be converted to nitric oxide (NO) by the cells that line blood vessels. NO is a powerful dilator of blood vessels resulting in lower blood pressure.
  • Drinking beet juice is considerably more effective in raising blood nitrite levels than eating a very high intake of nitrate-rich foods.

 

New Data:

In a study conducted at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, 15 men and 15 women drank either 17.6-oz of a beet juice beverage containing 500 g of beet and apple juice (72% beet, 28 % apple) or a placebo. The participants had their blood pressure measured at baseline and at least hourly for 24 hours following juice consumption using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor. This same procedure was repeated two weeks later, with those who drank the placebo on the first round receiving beet juice on the second and vice versa. The results were that drinking beet juice showed lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4 to 5 points after only 6 hours. Here is the significance of this effect; drinking beet juice would cut the rate of strokes and heart attacks by about 10%. In terms of lives, that would mean about 60,000 lives saved each year in the United States.

 

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

Michael T. Murray

Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at www.DrMurray.com.

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491 comments
Jashmine Jashi
Jashmine Jashi 5pts

sarpagandha druti or else rasona hepls in hypertension

Mubangaderek Chama
Mubangaderek Chama 5pts

Thank God that people now have a way to health by God's creation.

Mohsin Ali Ansari
Mohsin Ali Ansari 5pts

Mr. Ayurveda you please tell me how to gain weight??? A majority of my doctors and herbal doctors suggest me to get marry to gain weight. What does Ayurveda say????

Kim Gutierrez
Kim Gutierrez 5pts

@beetelite has the N-O power of 6 non GMO beets!

Steven Kachejian
Steven Kachejian 5pts

Also great for a pre work out beverage. I work in a health food store and love it mixed with carrots.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kindly refer to the link :)

Fatima Milog
Fatima Milog 5pts

Ano po un kc highblood me at ante ko?pls.

sahel
sahel 5pts

Cut a beetroot in half ...grate it finely  ...add one cup water ..mix well strain and drink half in morning..half next morning.....don't over do else you will get weak....I still take a low dose of tenormin 50mg plus Amlodipiine 2.5 mg daily

Indra Isabella
Indra Isabella 5pts

I make my smoothie with beet juice is delicious..

Kim Schneden
Kim Schneden 5pts

Well, a small amount goes a LONG way. Too much of this will double you over and if you aren't near a bathroom, take some extra clothes.

Pamela Joynt
Pamela Joynt 5pts

Beetroot juice is excellent lowering high blood pressure Having experienced it

Denise Allegrucci
Denise Allegrucci 5pts

I drank beet juice Three days before blood work, it gave me a false positive blood sugar. Haven't done it since then, all normal blood work

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3Week.com 5pts

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Veronica Kamelah Mansour
Veronica Kamelah Mansour 5pts

I'm sure beetroot juice makes bp higher. Cos they use it for very low blood pressure. I cud b wrong but I'm pretty sure it makes it higher

sahel
sahel 5pts

It lowers my HBP


Omar Fuad Hamza
Omar Fuad Hamza 5pts

Nothing in excess though as I am told beet juice can be hard on the kidneys . I am NOT a doctor!

Nicki Sue Moen
Nicki Sue Moen 5pts

Idk... the store. We could also make it! ;) We have a blender!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Maria Peterson Welcome! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Fenugreek, Avocados and Nuts, Cherry Reds and blueberries! Rosa Domenech :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Fenugreek, Avocados and Nuts, Cherry Reds and blueberries! Rosa Domenech :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Harinarayan Mishra Thanks! :)

Rosa Domenech
Rosa Domenech 5pts

I dont like beets. Is. Thier someing you can take to lower blood pressure

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez 5pts

Yes I'm going to try it because my mom has high blood pressure.

Mahesh Unagar
Mahesh Unagar 5pts

is it cured permenently or just like pill u need to take every day