(ORDO NEWS) — It is enough to drink just one cup of beetroot juice in order for blood pressure to return to normal within a day in those people who suffer from hypertension.
The results of a study conducted some time ago were published in the scientific journal Hypertension. In this case, it is said that you need to drink literally 250 ml of the drink.
The study involved two groups of people. The first used beetroot juice, which contained quite a lot of nitrates – about 6.4 mmol. The second group drank juice without nitrates. Pressure was measured not only by doctors, but also by patients on their own upon arrival home.
No changes were recorded in the placebo group. At the same time, the group that took beetroot juice containing nitrates showed a marked decrease in systolic blood pressure.
The indicators became less by 7.7 mm Hg. Art. literally in a month. After a month and a half, the indicator fell already by 8.1 mm. In turn, diastolic pressure decreased by 2.4 and 3.8 mm Hg, respectively.
In addition, other positive changes were established. The experts noted a significant improvement in endothelial function, as well as a decrease in arterial stiffness. Doctors note that beetroot juice dilates blood vessels quite well, and has a positive effect on blood supply.
If we analyze the results of the study, we can say that drinking beetroot juice with nitrates on a regular basis has exactly the same effect on the body as the use of an antihypertensive drug. In this case, there is one condition – the pressure in patients should not be higher than 159/99. In addition, there should be no chronic diseases.
Cardiologists emphasized the fact that in the presence of too high blood pressure, it is not enough to drink only beetroot juice. Solving the problem is complex and therefore it is necessary to start treatment with a visit to a specialist and a complete examination.
The British Heart Foundation notes that if you play sports at least 2.5 hours a week, this will also lower your blood pressure and, if there is excess weight, get rid of it.
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