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Beet Can Beat The High Blood Pressure

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by sunkan, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    can beat high blood pressure...

    Professor: Amrita Ahluwalia

    06 February 2008

    Researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine have discovered that drinking just 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure. The study, published online yesterday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, could have major implications for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

    Lead by Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine, and Professor Ben Benjamin of Peninsula Medical School, the research reveals that it is the ingestion of dietary nitrate contained within beetroot juice - and similarly in green, leafy vegetables - which results ultimately in decreased blood pressure. Previously the protective effects of vegetable-rich diets had been attributed to their antioxidant vitamin content.

    Professor Ahluwalia and her team found that in healthy volunteers blood pressure was reduced within just 1 hour of ingesting beetroot juice, with a peak drop occurring 3-4 hours after ingestion. Some degree of reduction continued to be observed until up to 24 hours after ingestion. Researchers showed that the decrease in blood pressure was due to the chemical formation of nitrite from the dietary nitrate in the juice. The nitrate in the juice is converted in saliva, by bacteria on the tongue, into nitrite. This nitrite-containing saliva is swallowed, and in the acidic environment of the stomach is either converted into nitric oxide or re-enters the circulation as nitrite. The peak time of reduction in blood pressure correlated with the appearance and peak levels of nitrite in the circulation, an effect that was absent in a second group of volunteers who refrained from swallowing their saliva during, and for 3 hours following, beetroot ingestion.

    More than 25 per cent of the world’s adult population are hypertensive, and it has been estimated that this figure will increase to 29 per cent by 2025. In addition, hypertension causes around 50 per cent of coronary heart disease, and approximately 75 per cent of strokes. In demonstrating that nitrate is likely to underlie the cardio-protective effect of a vegetable-rich diet, the research of Professor Ahluwalia and her colleagues highlights the potential of a natural, low cost approach for the treatment of cardiovascular disease – a condition that kills over 110,000 people in England every year.

    Professor Ahluwalia said: " Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern day battle against rising blood pressure’.<!-- google_ad_section_end --><!-- google_ad_section_start(weight=ignore) -->
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  2. padmavathi m

    padmavathi m Silver IL'ite

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    dear sunkan,

    thanks for posting good news about beetroots.
    anyway i use beets twice in a week
    beetroot chutney and beetroot kootu are my favourite

    love
    padma
     
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    Thanks a lot sunkan for sharing this info.
     
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    Hello Sunkan m'am,
    Thanks for the great advice on beetroot.
    Its also great for anaemics as is widely known. Didn't know it was good for b.p. as well.

    You come up with real useful info!

    best,
    hasita
     
  5. sunkan

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    my children hate that red color, so have to boil and eat it alone or make halwa like how u make gajar ka halwa and that way all will go in..sunkan
     
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    dear hasita,
    it is good for anemic too but then b.p also comes down...thanku for your appreciation..sunkan
     
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    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    hi sunkan,

    Good info thanks for sharing. beet and carrot together helps in hemorrhoid (piles also).
     
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    thanks sunkan for posting such a gd piece of information .i know beet isnt the fav of many due 2 its colour,n iam sure once the goodness of it is known everybody will try 2 make use of it
    regards
    raji
     
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    thanku shanthi for one more point..sunkan
     
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    ya u can make it the way i told for children and when u cook it like the gravy stuff which we make aloo mutter or some northindian stuff it is even more tastier to eat with chapathi..sunkan
     

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