Beet Root Juice Beneficial Effects on Blood Pressure
Posted Dec 03 2010 3:00pm
There are innumerable health benefits of drinking beet juice. So, maybe “Dwight Schrute”, from the television show The Office, isn’t that crazy after all.
The salesman character has been seen drinking beet root juice and even taking bites of raw beets, the same way as people normally eat an apple. Well, he’s enjoying several health benefits, that’s for sure.
Considered a super food for many years, beets have high levels of antioxidants and are low in fat. Also a high in dietary fiber and carbohydrates, beet juice is an excellent source of folic acid, potassium, vitamin C, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin and magnesium.
Beet root juice has been known to boost physical stamina and increase exercise endurance. Beetroots are rich in the nutrient betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. Researchers found that a nitrate in beetroot juice can turn into nitric oxide in the body.
Dietary NO3 is reduced to bioactive nitrite (NO2) and further to nitric oxide (NO), a well-known mediator of blood flow regulation, muscle contractility, myocyte differentiation, glucose and calcium homeostasis, and mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis.
This process can lead to a reduction in oxygen uptake, consequently increasing stamina, reducing fatigue, and making exercise less tiring. Regular consumption of beet juice can benefit endurance athletes, elderly people and those with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.
Furthermore, a recent study has shown that supplementation with dietary nitrate NO3 from beet root juice can have beneficial effects on blood pressure as well. Drinking a glass of beet juice a day can lower high blood pressure, safely restoring cardio health.
Additionally, beet juice is known to increase blood flow dramatically and is considered a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Therefore, it is essential in the prevention of circulatory disorders like varicose veins, hypertension and arteriosclerosis.