Weekly Hot Nutrition Tip: Beetroot

Beetroots are one of the healthiest vegetables to eat regularly – especially for people with high blood pressure.

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Recent studies found that drinking a glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure for people with mild hypertension – it’s thought this is due to the high nitrate levels contained in the juice. This gets converted into nitric oxide in your body, which helps to relax and dilate blood vessels. It therefore improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

A study at Exeter University reported that beetroot juice also helps increase stamina and oxygen uptake by the body. It has been hypothesised that it may also help proper functioning of the brain – slowing down the onset of dementia.

Its wonderful crimson colour is due to the high phytonutrient content it contains.

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