Beets have a vital ingredient called nitrate that helps our body produce nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is what helps to soften the arterial walls which allows for easier blood flow, thereby reducing pressure.
The health benefits are almost immediate as beets has been shown to lower blood pressure by up to 5 points in a matter of hours.
In a controlled study➭, fifteen men and fifteen women were randomly split into two groups. One group was given 500g of a mixture of beetroot juice and apple juice, while the other group a placebo juice. The participants blood pressure was measured hourly during a 24-hour period and the results were remarkable.
For men, blood pressure dropped 4 to 5 points six hours after consuming beetroot juice. This is on par with many prescription drugs but without the side effects.
Another benefit of nitric oxide is its anti-platelet effect which helps prevent blood from thickening allowing for easier blood flow.
The health benefits of beets are immense so it’s always a great idea to go the natural route before resorting to prescription drugs.
If you cannot tolerate the taste of beets there’s always the option of juicing or buying bottled beet juice from your local health food store.
If you are already on high blood pressure medication then it’s important to first talk to your doctor before supplementing your diet with beets.