Health Tip New study finds beetroot juice helps lower blood pressure

According to the study, the drink-enhanced people’s performance in exercise after they drank it for two weeks.

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If you're looking to lower your blood pressure and improve your stamina while exercising, the solution could be beetroot juice as new research has suggested that this potion could help us exercise for longer.

According to the study, the drink enhanced people’s performance in exercise after they drank it for two weeks.

Furthermore, it reduced the workload on the heart and made the organ better able to deliver oxygen to the body’s muscles.

According to the researchers, this means people can work out for longer before their muscles become fatigued.

During the study, men who drank beetroot juice for 14 days had lower blood pressure and more dilated blood vessels when they were exercising and when they were resting.

But these are not the only benefits of beetroot juice,  according to researchers, people who drink it also have lower blood pressure.

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Researchers say the benefits of the drink come from the fact that it contains the molecule nitrate, which when converted in the body, can dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow, both important factors for exercise performance.

In addition, nitrate triggers a series of chemical reactions in the blood, which can increase oxygen in areas of the body which are specifically lacking supply.

If beetroots are hard to come by, other food with high concentrations of nitrate are celery, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables such as spinach and some lettuce.

Corroborating the new find, another paper, published in the journal Hypertension, found drinking one cup of beetroot juice a day led to a 7% drop in blood pressure readings in people with high blood pressure.

Writing in the journal American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, the researchers said ''exercise can be performed at a given workload for a longer period of time before the onset of fatigue.’''

 

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