By Dr Harold Gunatillake - Health Writer
If you are down, not very energetic lately and has high blood pressure, you may do well with a glass of beet juice every morning.
Check your blood pressure, delay taking the morning dose of anti-hypertensive tablets by a few hours, drink a glass of beet juice. Re check your blood pressure two hours later and you’ll be surprised to notice that your BP has dropped by about 5 mmHg on the BP monitor.
How can this happen?
Beetroot has very high nitrate levels, and it is a vaso-dilator, meaning relaxes the smooth muscles in your arteries and lowers the left ventricular force, thus lowering the BP. It benefits your cardiovascular health and may protect against cancer.
Taking beet juice every morning may help you to reduce your medication for blood pressure. The nitrate in beet is converted to nitrites in your liver which is a strong dilator of arteries.
Beet juice improves oxygen level in your tissues and organs, including the brain. Those who suffer from dementia in old age should take beet juice every morning and the results would be remarkable. As you get older the blood flow to certain areas of the brain diminishes and leads to a decline in cognition
Yes, beet has sugar- so is it good to take when you have diabetes? Beet contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid which is supposed to lower glucose levels in your blood and, also increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in diabetic patients. Further it contains only 13 grams of carbohydrate including 9 grams of sugar in a cup of beet juice.
A cupful of juice contains only 58 calories and benefits those going on weight reducing diet.
Studies have shown that when alpha-lipoic acid when given through your veins (intravenously) into your blood there seems to be improvement in symptomatic peripheral neuropathy. This is a complication of neglected diabetic control and the peripheral nerves in your legs may lose it electric conductions to power the muscle movements.
Beetroot has high fibre and it works as a pre-biotic to the microbes in your large gut: prevents constipation and the short-chain fatty acids secreted by the gut microbes helps protection of the inner lining to prevent chronic inflammatory diseases like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, including cancer.
Beetroot contains choline. Taking a glass in the night before bed may induce sleep. Choline improves muscle oxygen supply for better movement and, also for memory.
Beet juice contains vitamin A, Calcium, immune boosting vitamin C, folate, manganese good for bones, liver and kidneys, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium and iron. Folate helps healthy metabolism and gives you a healthy skin and hair and protects the mouth from getting ulcers. It also helps reduce the risk of birth.
No wonder, beet juice and the root have nutritional benefits when you are tired and don’t have the stamina to work your daily routine. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins, nitrates and micro-nutrients to provide such health effects.
Studies have shown when athletes drink beet juice before a performance shows improved muscle oxygenation during exercise and enhances exercise tolerance during long-term endurance exercises.
Conclusions: Enjoy a glass of beet juice every morning for better health and better performance and feel less tired and drained out during the day. If you still feel not right see your doctor for further investigations
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