There is one vegetable that just might be the king of all blood pressure foods.
It’s the humble little bright red veggie known as the beet.
Many nutrition experts consider the beet to be a super food because of its amazing health properties.
The whole plant from the roots to the leaves is edible and consuming this versatile vegetable has many great heart healthy benefits.
Did you know that the beet has been cultivated to be used as a remedy for blood and digestive ailments, as well as headaches and toothaches, since the middle ages.
But what I want to talk about today is the beets’ amazing properties for lowering high blood pressure?
The beet has five properties that aid in decreasing inflammation in your body and lowering your blood pressure.
1. Beets have Nitrates
The beet is rich in natural chemicals known as nitrates.
Your body converts these nitrates into nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide helps the flow of blood by relaxing your blood vessels causing them to dilate.
This makes it easier for the blood to flow through them.
This is what helps to lower high blood pressure.
According to the results from a study posted in Nutrition Journal, a group of men and women who were given 17.6 ounces of beetroot juice saw an average lowering of diastolic blood pressure by 4.7 points after about six hours of consumption.
However, studies show that this lowering of blood pressure = is temporary unless the beet juice is consumed consistently over time.
2. Beets have Betalains
The beet gets its bright red color from the high concentration of powerful antioxidants known as Betalains.
Betalains are amino acid compounds that occur naturally in beets.
Consuming this compound will help to fortify your internal organs and help to improve vascular function.
Betalain has also been shown to decrease levels of homocysteine in the blood.
That’s a good thing because high levels of homocysteine can cause arterial clogging in the blood.
3. Beets have Potassium
The beet plant is loaded with potassium.
Potassium works to lower blood pressure levels by counteracting the levels of salt in your body.
The more potassium you take in, the more salt you urinate out, the more it helps to lower your blood pressure.
Potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure.
4. Beets have Fiber
Fiber has been shown to help lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol levels and lower inflammation in the body.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension, researchers evaluated the results of 25 studies on the effects on blood pressure of adding fiber to the diet.
Overall, the results showed that adding fiber to the diet, was associated with a significant reduction in blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
5. Beets have Folic Acid
Folic acid works to lower high blood pressure by breaking down levels of homocysteine in the blood, which we noted earlier in this video, can be harmful to the walls of your blood vessel.
That’s why Folic acid will help to keep your arteries clear of blood clogs.
So now you know why beets are considered the super food for high blood pressure.
Nearly every part of the beet does something to help lower high blood pressure.
And that’s why we recommend that you add beet juice to your diet, to help you in your fight to beat high blood pressure.