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Nitrates In Beetroot Juice Lower Blood Pressure The Natural Way

June 28, 2010: 02:30 PM EST
Scientists have known for a couple of years that beetroot juice lowers blood pressure, but they had no idea why. Now they do. In research that may lead to a natural treatment for hypertension, a symptom of cardiovascular disease, British scientists found that nitrates are the main reason that the juice positively impacts hypertension. The blood pressure of people who consumed either nitrate tablets or beetroot juice dropped significantly within 24 hours. According to the researchers, the nitrates in the tablets and juice increased levels of the gas nitric oxide in the circulation, thus lowering blood pressure. Only small amounts of juice – just 250ml – do the trick, the researchers said. The higher the blood pressure, the greater the effect.
Vikas Kapil, Amrita Ahluwalia, et al., "Inorganic Nitrate Supplementation Lowers Blood Pressure in Humans", Hypertension, June 28, 2010, © American Heart Association
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