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Beetroot Juice: lowers blood pressure and increases Athletic stamina...

If you have high blood pressure but have not been put on medication then it might be worthwhile trying a glass of beetroot juice a day, says a study completed earlier this year by researchers in the UK. The study was funded by the British Heart Foundation and was published by the American journal Hypertension. The participants, who drank a daily glass of beetroot juice, found their blood pressure reduced by 10mm Hg over the course of the study.

If you are on medication for high blood pressure, it may be that you could still benefit from a glass of beetroot juice regularly but you would need to consult with your doctor as your medication might need to be adjusted.

I would imagine fresh beetroot juice from organic beetroot is probably the best but if you do not have a juicer then you can try Rabenhorst organic pressed Beetroot juice - we sell a huge amount in cases (at a 10% discount!) through Organico. 

 

The other interesting aspect of beetroot juice is that it has been shown to increase athletic stamina and this was shown in a study undertaken in 2011 where it was shown that beetroot increased the stamina of a group of cyclists. The theory was that the beetroot juice, when consumed right before an event, increased the cyclists' circulatory efficiency and improved their muscle function. The percentage improvements may seem low to us non-athletes (2.8 and 2.7% over different distances) but to a professional athlete even the minutest difference can mean a gold medal!

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