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