The study, involving 64 volunteers, points to the long-lasting reduction in blood pressure by supplementing the diet with nitrates in patients with high blood pressure.
The level of reduction was similar to that from some forms of blood pressure medication.
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“But a study on many more patients is needed before this approach can become a recommended treatment for high blood pressure.”
Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, who led the research, said: “This research has proven that a daily inorganic nitrate dose can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure and the best part is we can get it from beetroot and other leafy green vegetables.”
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The American Heart Association (AHA) explains: “The more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose through urine.”
Sodium (salt) causes blood pressure to rise so it is imperative to mitigate its effects.
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Other key tips
In addition to eating well, you should also engage in regular physical activity to lower high blood pressure.
The NHS explains: “Being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.”
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed