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In a 2015 study published in the journal Hypertension, researchers found that drinking one cup of beetroot juice per day for four weeks significantly lowered blood pressure in participants with hypertension.1
The study involved 68 participants who were randomly assigned to either drink beetroot juice or a placebo. Those who drank the beetroot juice saw an average reduction of 8 mmHg in their systolic blood pressure (the top number) and 4 mmHg in their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number).
Another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2013 found that drinking beetroot juice helped improve blood flow and lower blood pressure in healthy older adults.2
The study involved 20 participants who were given either a nitrate-rich beetroot juice or a nitrate-depleted placebo. The researchers found that those who drank the beetroot juice had a significant increase in blood flow to their brains and a decrease in their blood pressure.
Beets are a rich source of nitrates, which are compounds that can help lower blood pressure. When you eat beets, your body turns the nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps your blood vessels relax and widen. This makes it easier for blood to flow through your body, which can help lower your blood pressure.
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