Beets Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally

By Christian Goodman

Unbelievably, some blood pressure medications can actually create a heart attack and stroke. Those are some very serious side effects! Blood pressure medications frequently make nasty side effects such as dizziness, cramps and pains.

An example: In a study published last year's blood pressure journal says drinking two cups of beetroot juice can actually reduce blood pressure up to 10 points without causing any side effects. After drinking beet juice there might be a pink color in your urine or stool but that is quite normal. Fortunately there are much more natural methods to reduce blood pressure.

"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," said lead author of the study, Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine.

Beets are full of phytochemicals that help lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, and facilitate digestion. Hypertension drugs won't do that for you. And the best thing about beets: they only cost a few bucks, and you can get them without a prescription.

Suzy Cohen, author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, says, "Beets even look like hearts, if you think about it. They lower blood pressure by increasing levels of nitric oxide in your blood vessels. The anti-platelet action of beets reduces risk for blood clots. Beets can dissolve inorganic calcium deposits that clog up your pipeline. Beets can lower total cholesterol and triglycerides by 30 percent and 40 percent, respectively, while increasing those good HDLs. Has your statin done that for you?"

Beets are also rich in folic acid and other antioxidants that reduce inflammation and improve heart disease. The red color of beets comes from betacyanin, a phytochemical that is a powerful cancer fighter. Another medical study showed that beet fiber helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Yet another study showed that beets increase the number of CD8 cells (cancer-fighting cells) in the colon.

The simplest way to eat a large quantity of beet is to buy a juicer. For juicing select bright organic beets and mix it with apple juice or other vegetables. People who suffer from kidney stones, gout or osteoporosis should avoid beet as it is high in oxalic. It is not advisable to mix broccoli and other high calcium rich vegetables with beet juice as they both will not digest well.

Avoid foods with high fat, and also processed foods. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables to reach the benefits of phytochemicals and fiber for high blood pressure.

Exercise does not have to be vigorous. Another key to reducing blood pressure naturally is Regular exercise. Simple set of easy exercises are developed by the Natural health researcher Christian Goodman, which can lower blood pressure naturally in just minutes a day.

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