So along those lines, let me direct your attention back to the aforementioned study of 8 women & 7 men avg 53yo w/blood pressure >140/90mm Hg who'd never been prescribed any blood pressure lowering medication. They were randomized to either 250mL of beet juice or water. The former had an amount of nitrite that had previously been demonstrated to make no difference in normotensive participants. And yet, in these hypertensive participants, those who received single dose ~8oz of beet juice saw their systolic blood pressures drop by 8.5mm Hg compared to placebo while diastolic blood pressures dropped by an even more impressive 9.6mm Hg.
Now, don't jump to any conclusions since this was only a single dose trial in barely a dozen participants. But if you're looking to go native, this might be good place to start. Maybe this will become the next fad diet! As always, be sure to include your family doc in what you're doing. After all, we wouldn't want you to pass out! By the way, in case you don't have a hankering for beets, consider eating other fruits & vegetables rich in nitrites.
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