Beetroot is an amazing vegetable in all respects and it is especially valuable in terms of its influence on a human body. The latter fact has recently been confirmed by many scientific studies all over the world.
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Regular consumption of beetroot and its juice helps in the following cases:
- to remove excess of water and toxins from the body;
- to lose weight;
- to normalize heart conditions;
- to strengthen vessels and capillaries, even the smallest ones;
- to prevent atherosclerosis;
- to normalize blood pressure.
Healing power of beetroot juice
Beetroot’s property to normalize high blood pressure has been known in traditional medicine for a long time. Recently, it has also been recognized by conventional medicine. Recent studies at the famous University of London have proved that two glasses of beetroot juice can reduce blood pressure by 10 points, adverse risk of cardiovascular diseases, and preserve this effect for a long time. Therefore, beetroot should be a “must” in a hypertension sufferer’s diet.
Benefits of beetroot juice for low blood pressure
Many people are interested in the beetroot’s influence on blood pressure: does it raise or lower it? In the majority of cases the vegetable is recommended for hypertensive patients. But what happens if a person with low blood pressure starts drinking beetroot juice?
The vegetable is basically useful for everyone. It cleanses the blood, increases the tone of the walls of blood vessels and improves blood circulation; it even improves running performance!
As beetroot effectively fights anemia, it will certainly help stabilize a person’s condition with low blood pressure (in case of anemia or menstruation). Both juice and boiled beetroots are good for this purpose.
It is more effective to use pure beetroot juice for hypertension; it can also be combined with fresh carrot juice for better effect. Fresh beetroot contains large amount of nitrates that affect high blood pressure levels. This chemical component turns into nitric oxide during digestion, widens blood vessels and maintains blood pressure at the normal level. You can use both red and white beetroot. Another great advice is to boil the vegetable in the skins (for salad, for instance) in order not to lose any of the useful elements and vitamins.
Who should be careful with beetroot juice?
People with kidney problems should not eat too much of this vegetable. There are some other contraindications:
- osteoporosis (calcium in the vegetable is not digested);
- gastritis (beetroot increases acidity);
- stable low pressure;
How to drink beetroot juice in a safe way
Remember that beetroot juice actively removes toxins from the body. Its consumption can cause a slight nausea. In addition, beetroots struggle with constipation. Regular consumption of juice in large quantities can lead to a reverse, laxative, effect.
It is recommended to start treatment with small doses of juice – 1/3 cup of juice a day would be fine for most people. Gradually, one may increase the daily dose to one glass. Maximum daily dose should not exceed 400 ml.
Do not forget to drink as much pure water as possible during this toxin-removing period!