Researchers Come Across Very “Appealing” Juice… What it Does to Your Blood Pressure is Astounding!
Are you looking to replace blood pressure-lowering drugs with natural, diet-based solutions?
Drinking a single glass of beetroot juice daily may just be enough to lower blood pressure in those suffering from hypertension, according to latest research. In fact, this simple juice can lead to a ‘significant’ reduction in blood pressure!
The study was conducted by Amrita Ahluwalia, a vascular pharmacology professor at QMUL, and her research team analyzed the effects of both beetroot juice and a placebo on 64 individuals aged 18-85.
Half of the patients were taking prescribed medication for high blood pressure but were not managing to reach their target blood pressure, and the rest had been diagnosed with high blood pressure but were not yet taking medication for it.
One group consumed a daily glass (250 ml or around 8.5 oz) of beetroot juice, while the other group had nitrate-free (the placebo) beetroot juice. The nitrates is what is believed to be reducing blood pressure, In the human body, inorganic nitrate converts to nitric oxide, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels.
During the 4 week period of drinking the beetroot juice, participants in the non-placebo group experienced a reduction in blood pressure of 8/4 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). In the 2 weeks after the trial had ended, the patients’ blood pressure returned to their previous levels.
This group also experienced a 20% improvement “in blood vessel dilation capacity and their artery stiffness reduced by around 10%”. This improvement could also reduce risk for heart disease.
The authors note that the reduction achieved in the active supplement group is comparable to that of medication; the average reduction in blood pressure that a single anti-hypertension drug brings is 9/5 mmHg.
“This interesting study builds on previous research by this team and 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.”
Commenting on the findings, Amrita Ahluwalia, a vascular pharmacology professor at QMUL, says:
“This research has proven that a daily inorganic nitrate dose can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure and the best part is we can get it from beetroot and other leafy green vegetables.”
She says one reason the findings are exciting is because it’s simply for anyone to increase dietary nitrate.
“It is hugely beneficial for people to be able to take steps in controlling their blood pressure through non-clinical means such as eating vegetables,” Prof. Ahluwalia adds. “We know many people don’t like taking drugs life-long when they feel ok, and because of this, medication compliance is a big issue.”
“The possibility of using a natural product, rather than another pill, to help lower blood pressure, is very appealing,” adds Dr. Amoils.