Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Daily consumption of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure

Beetroot is one of the fruits that are very healthy for our body and health. In one of my articles, i wrote that beetroot is very good for detoxifying the liver in order to make the liver as pure as possible. Many people do not know about beetroot and am sure many will be hearing about it for the first time through this article.
The most outstanding thing about fruits is that they have more than one health benefits.
Accordingly, a new trial suggest that consuming one glass of beetroot juice a day is enough to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure. This was concluded after researchers conducted a placebo-controlled trial in dozens of patients.

The reason why beetroot can bring down high blood pressure is because beetroot contains high levels of inorganic nitrate just like other leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage.
The trial was conducted at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK, and was funded by the British Heart Foundation. The findings was published in the journal Hypertension.
The study finds that a daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension – even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment.
This is possible because inorganic nitrate is converted to nitric oxide in the body which relaxes and dilates blood vessels.
64 patients aged 18-85 were recruited for the trial. The patients were divided into two groups.
One group consumed a daily glass (250 ml or around 8.5 oz) of beetroot juice, while the other group had the same except their beetroot juice was nitrate-free
(the placebo).
The patients consumed the juice daily for complete 4 weeks and were also monitored for 2 weeks before and after the study.
The trial was conducted in such a way that neither the administering clinicians nor the patients knew whether the beetroot juice they were given was the placebo or the active supplement.
At the end of the period, the study show lasting reduction in blood pressure from dietary nitrate.
Patients in the active supplement group (whose
beetroot juice contained inorganic nitrate) experienced a reduction in blood pressure of 8/4 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
The first figure is the reduction in systolic pressure (when the heart is pushing) and the second figure is reduction in diastolic pressure (when the heart is relaxing). The 8/4 mmHg reduction is enough for most of the patients to brought their blood pressure back into the normal range.
Note: the patients' blood pressure returned to their previous high levels 2 weeks after they stopped taking the juice. This means that the juice should be taking daily or regular if you want to specifically use it to control your blood pressure.
That is the first study to show evidence of a long-lasting reduction in blood pressure due to dietary nitrate supplementation in a group of patients with high blood pressure.
But, there were no changes to blood pressure, blood vessel function or artery stiffness in the placebo group (whose beetroot juice did not contain nitrate) during the period of the study.
The trial also show that the reduction in blood pressure in the group that consume untampered beetroot juice is comparable to that of people taking medication which is 9/5 mmHg.
The study help us to know that nitrate in beetroot and other foods that contain it can really help in the management of high blood pressure. Therefore it is advisable to be drinking beetroot juice or consuming the fruit as a whole regularly as it can drastically help in bringing down high blood pressure.

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