Beetroot and Pomegranate Juice may help reduce blood pressure
Tuesday 8 January 2019
Posted by: John Collins
A an article from the Daily Express (7-1-19) suggests Beetroot and Pomegranate Juice may help reduce blood pressure.
Research carried out by Queen Mary University of London, and funded by British Heart Foundation (BHF), involved 64 volunteers who drank a cup of beetroot juice a day for the duration of the study.
The participants, who were all high blood pressure patients, drank 150ml of the vegetable juice a day and were found to have blood pressure levels back in what is considered the normal range.
BHF explains: “The effect is caused by the high heels of a type of chemical called nitrates, which is found in high quantities in beetroot, and other leafy green vegetables like kale and cabbage.”
Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, who led the research, said: “This research has proven that a daily inorganic nitrate dose can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure and the best part is we can get it from beetroot and other leafy green vegetables.”
“For those looking to work dietary nitrate into their daily diets, the trick is not to boil the vegetables – as dietary nitrate is water soluble – but steaming, roasting or drinking in a juice all has a positive effect.”
This fruit has long been linked to regulating blood pressure. A Queen Margaret University study found participants who drank 500ml of pomegranate juice had a reduction in blood pressure.
Pomegranates act as an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, which helps blood vessels to relax and open up, lowering blood pressure.