There has been a great deal of talk as of late regarding the new blood pressure guidelines. In fact, millions more have high blood pressure today than they did just a few weeks ago, simply because the guidelines have changed.
But, if you know some of the tricks to keeping your heart happy, you won’t have to worry about high blood pressure.
For example, beets…
(From The Huffington Post)
If your SBP falls between 120 and 140, you have no cardiovascular disease and are at low risk (<10%), you must explore the benefits of beets.
Good research has repeatedly documented the blood pressure lowering effect of beet juice (BJ). One week of this rich red elixir can decrease SBP by 14 mm/Hg. In addition, drinking 2.4 ounces of BJ one hour before exercise has been shown to increase exercise capacity by as much as 24%.
People with high blood pressure have lower levels of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes blood vessels. This relaxation opens the vessels (vasodilation) increasing blood flow throughout the body. Without nitric oxide the heart and muscles cannot meet the increased demand of exercise. BJ is rich in nitrate, which the body converts to nitric oxide. By promoting vasodilation, BJ lowers blood pressure, improves exercise capacity and duration, and protects the blood vessels from stiffening (arteriosclerosis).
Archeological records indicate that we have used the leaves and roots of Beta vulgaris for dyes, teas, medicines and eating of course, since the third millennium BC. Many cultures believed they provide more than colorful nourishment.
The Greeks and Romans considered beets an aphrodisiac and a symbol of love and lust. They may have been onto something. Beetroot is rich in boron, an essential ingredient for sex hormone production. Also, the dilation of blood vessels that beetroot juice promotes is similar to the more localized action of drugs like Viagra.
Recent research has continued to uncover medicinal properties locked in beets. These include boosting stamina, decreasing inflammation, helping prevent cancer and promoting detoxification.
Of course, every heart healthy diety should include l-arginine and l-carnitine. L-arginine, particularly combined with l-carnitine and l-citrulline, can potentially help improve circulation throughout your body, thus lowering blood pressure. Check out our review for more information.