pressure reducing beetroot should be your new salad essential
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Handbag.com It's a nightmare for staining clothes, but the good
old beetroot is heavenly when it comes to giving our general health a boost.
This bright red root is thought to fight cancer, boost athletic endurance, slow
down the progression of dementia and lower blood pressure. Not bad for a salad
Now, nutritionists are suggesting a daily glass of beetroot juice could pave the
way towards better heart health.
Take a look at our top three reasons why beetroot is the ultimate salad
1. Beetroot contains an unusually high level of nitrates
-almost 20 times more than other veggies. Studies carried out at Queen Mary's
University in London show beetroot can lower blood pressure for hours at a time.
A different study in Australia found that a 500ml glass of beetroot juice can
cause a significant drop in pressure for six hours. Plus, the higher the
starting blood pressure, the bigger the drop.
How does it work? Well, boosting the nitrate content in the
body causes good bacteria in the mouth and gut to create nitric oxide. This
causes blood vessels to dilate allowing blood to flow more freely around the
body - reducing the pressure on the heart.
2. Run, run and run some more
Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that nitrates can improve
stamina and endurance in runners and pro-athletes. According to a 2010 study,
people who drink a 500ml glass of beet juice can exercise for 16% longer.
Scientists believe this is because nitrates work alongside antioxidants to
reduce the amount of oxygen needed by the muscles and slow tiredness. Plus,
chopping two or three small beetroot bulbs into a salad will add an injection of
fibre, plus a substance called betaine which normalises stomach acid secretion,
aiding in digestion.
3. Beet the baddies
Beetroot juice is is thought to boost blood flow to the brain and slow the
progression of dementia and memory loss. Plus, it's high in folic acid (nearly
75% of your recommended daily allowance) making it a good choice for pregnant
women. Plus, betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its ruby colour, is a
powerful antioxidant that has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. It's
still unclear if eating beetroot will have the same effect, but it can't hurt!
Oh and don't panic if your urine turns pink! 14% of the population experience
this strange phenomenon.