Beetroot for blood pressure

fruit-veg-heartRecently research was published in Nutrition Journal, supporting the potential benefits of beetroot juice to lower blood pressure as part of a normal diet.
In the randomised controlled trial, 500g of beetroot and apple juice or a placebo juice were consumed.  Participants had their blood pressure taken at least every hour for 24 hours after drinking the juice and researchers found a trend towards reduced systolic blood pressure after six hours in the beetroot and apple juice group, relative to the placebo juice.
Beetroot’s blood pressure-lowering properties are due to its high content of inorganic nitrate, although the exact mechanism of action isn’t quite clear. ¬†Other foods rich in nitrate include celery, cress, lettuce, spinach and rocket.
Beetroot works really well in cakes, especially when accompanied by dark chocolate – check out the Beetroot and Chocolate Brownies in my recipe section.

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Claudia Williamson Registered Nutritional Therapist DipION, FdSc, mBANT, mCHNC Tunbridge Wells, Kent