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Lewis Hamilton responds to Max Verstappen pressure talk as rivalry continues at French GP

Lewis Hamilton responds to Max Verstappen pressure talk as rivalry continues at French GP

Lewis Hamilton is looking to silence any critics this weekend as Mercedes look to bounce back from two tough weekends in Monaco and Baku, admitting he feels ‘no pressure’ from Max Verstappen heading to the French GP.

Last time out, Hamilton made a very rare mistake in the car after the race had been red-flagged due to a tyre blowout from his main title rival and championship leader Verstappen.

The seven-time world champion lined up second on the grid for the restart, but plummeted to 15th after challenging Sergio Perez for the lead, accidentally activating a button on the car’s steering wheel – which changes brake bias settings and is used to heat the front tyres.

As a result, Hamilton locked up and went straight at turn one down the escape route, finishing P15 in Baku, and despite a DNF from Verstappen, due to Hamilton’s mistake, he walked away still leading the championship.

“Max wasn’t in the race at the time so I definitely wasn’t under pressure from him,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t even count it as a mistake and I don’t even know what the mistake before that was, but I don’t feel any pressure, I feel pretty relaxed. You can’t always be perfect.

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“A mistake is when you often drive off the track after missing your braking point or a hit the wall, but it as an unforced error.

“It was something we had that was sitting there that could’ve happened at any point, and it, unfortunately, bit us pretty hard.”

Ahead of the French GP, Mercedes say they are to introduce a change to avoid a repeat of the switch mishap that sent Hamilton off the track amid the dramatic end to the Azerbaijan GP.

“We’ve not moved it, we’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that I can’t accidentally touch it in the future, but that’s for the short term, obviously the wheels not too easy to change or to move buttons as it’s all designed,” added Hamilton.

“So we’ll look for a longer-term solution in the future.”

And Hamilton is confident he and Mercedes can turn things around this weekend.

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He said: “We continue to strive for perfection, we continue to unite and there is not really a lot we can’t do when we are together and united,” he said, “so I am looking forward to getting back onto a track where we probably won’t be as affected with tyre temps, for example.

“The last two races have definitely been really difficult for us as a whole, as a team. Fortunately, with two terrible races for us, we ended up being very, very close in points so the race is still very much on.”

Meanwhile, Verstappen, who was alongside the Briton in the press conference ahead of the French Grand Prix, agreed that due to the nature of the track at Paul Ricard, Mercedes would be stronger.

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Blood pressure pills recalled after discovery of explosive chemical that causes cancer

Blood pressure pills recalled after discovery of explosive chemical that causes cancer

In a dramatic turn of events, health chiefs have recalled dozens of blood pressure pills that are deemed to pose a grave public health risk. The drugs in question — several different types of irbesartan and losartan – have been recalled from pharmacy shelves because they contain azido-tetrazole. The substance is considered by some health experts to be the world’s most explosive chemical and is linked to a heightened risk of cancer.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the UK’s drug oversight body – said the explosive substance is found in batches of the aforementioned blood pressure pills.

At this stage, the recall is merely precautionary and there was no proof it has caused any harm to patients, the MHRA said in a statement.

The health body urged Brits to not stop taking the drugs without consulting their GP because suddenly stopping can be pose health risks.

Some of the contaminated pills have been on the market for nearly two years, it was also revealed.

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As the Mail Online reports, the latest development follows a series of drug recalls of sartan-type medicines, which may have been exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in factories in China and India.

Irbesartan and losartan are prescribed to millions of Britons with high blood pressure every year.

Commenting on the decision, Dr June Raine, MHRA Chief Executive, said: “Patient safety is our watchword. We’re recalling batches of certain sartan-containing products as a precautionary measure while we continue our investigation. It’s important that healthcare professionals check their stock to quarantine and return these batches.

“If you’ve been taking one of the affected products, speak with your doctor or pharmacist before stopping any treatment – they can address any concerns and can advise you on the best course of action.”

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According to Public Health England, previous recalls of these types of products in 2018 and 2019 are part of an ongoing investigation.

The MHRA also said it is working with other medicines regulators on this issue.

There is currently no evidence any of the pills have exploded.

The MHRA said the move only applied to pharmacies and wholesalers stocking the 31 batches supplied by Bristol Laboratories Limited, Brown & Burk UK Limited and Teva UK Limited, some of which were first distributed in September 2019.

It is important to note that other blood pressure pills containing losartan and irbesartan are still available.

Dr Raine of MHRA also issued important advice if you’re taking the affected blood pressure pills or stocking them.

She said: “It’s important that healthcare professionals check their stock to quarantine and return these batches.

“If you’ve been taking one of the affected products, speak with your doctor or pharmacist before stopping any treatment – they can address any concerns and can advise you on the best course of action.”

The health risk posed by the substance azido-tetrazol was alerted to the world by Cambridge University chemical scientist Dr Ljiljana Fruk.

Dr Fruk described azido-tetrazole as the the world’s “most explosive chemical” in 2019.

Speaking on the The Naked Scientists radio show at the time, she said: “So the most explosive chemical was made in 2011 in the lab.

“[It] Never went out of the lab, it was made in a special chamber and it’s called azido-tetrazole.

“So that’s a molecule that has 14 nitrogens in its own structure, and because of these constrained nitrogen bonds it’s very explosive.”

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High blood pressure: Best fruits to include in your diet to help reduce hypertension risk

High blood pressure: Best fruits to include in your diet to help reduce hypertension risk

High blood pressure or hypertension is a major health issue. Management of the disease reduces the risk of adverse outcomes, such as cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events, vision impairment due to retinal damage, and renal failure. What are some of the best fruits to consume to help lower your readings?

Citrus fruits have demonstrated antihypertensive properties.

A single-blind randomized crossover study of 22 healthy patients aged 18–59 showed that after drinking 500 ml/day of commercial citrus sinensis juice, blood pressure had decreased, while natural orange juice did not show significant effects.

Citrus paradisi juice, from grapefruit, has many beneficial properties and is a good source of vitamin C, pectin fibre, and antioxidants.

Extract from grapefruit peels is high in polyphenols, which act as strong inhibitors of α-glucosidase and can be used in the management of hypertension.

Studies indicate that when compared, grapefruit juice produced a greater decrease in mean arterial pressure than orange juice.

Numerous studies have indicated that fruits can help manage blood pressure through a wide variety of mechanisms and should play a major role in an antihypertensive dietary intervention.

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Bananas are one fruit which is commonly known for being a good source of potassium, but it is less well-known that pomegranates are also a rich source and actually contain more of the essential mineral than bananas.

According to medical website Healthline, pomegranates can contain around 666mg of potassium, versus 422mg in a medium-sized banana.

“Pomegranates are an extremely healthy, multi-seeded fruit, about the size of an orange and ranging in colour from red to purple. They’re a fantastic source of potassium,” said Healthline.

In a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, fruits and its impact on hypertension were investigated.

The study noted: “Certain diets rich in fruits have demonstrated efficacy in controlling blood pressure.

“The mechanisms by which fruits and vegetables are able to help manage blood pressure vary according to their potassium content, flavonoid and polyphenol content, and fibre content.

“Serum potassium levels have been shown to be inversely associated with blood pressure, with antihypertensive dietary interventions encouraging decreases in sodium consumption and increases in potassium consumption in order to improve the sodium-potassium ratio in the diet.”

Other lifestyle interventions include cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, exercising regularly, and losing weight if you’re overweight.

Do note that caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, fizzy and energy drinks, and chocolate.

The NHS also recommends not smoking, as this can greatly increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

If you start implementing this lifestyle advice, you should start to see a difference in your blood pressure readings.

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High blood pressure: Headaches could indicate a hypertensive crisis – what to do?

High blood pressure: Headaches could indicate a hypertensive crisis – what to do?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is famously branded the “silent killer” because it is usually symptomless. If the force of blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels increases severely, you may experience marked changes, however. This is called a hypertensive crisis.

Health platform Ada explains: “Sometimes, people with essential hypertension may experience headaches, dizziness and blurred vision, but these symptoms are unlikely to occur until blood pressure reaches a very high level.”

Essential hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that has no clearly identifiable cause.

According to Ada, some people also report that their heartbeat seems louder than usual and feels as if it is inside the ear.

“This may be more prominent the higher the blood pressure is,” explains the health platform.

According to a paper in the Iranian Journal of Neurology, headaches due to high blood pressure typically cause pain on both sides of the head.

The headache pain tends to pulsate and often gets worse after physical activity.

The authors of the study said high blood pressure can cause headaches because it affects the blood-brain barrier.

Hypertension can result in excess pressure on the brain, which can cause blood to leak from the blood vessels in the organ, said Medical News Today.

The site continued: “This causes edema, or swelling, which is problematic because the brain sits within the skull and has no space to expand.

“The swelling places further pressure on the brain and causes symptoms that include a headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, weakness, seizures, and blurred vision.

“If a person receives treatment to lower their blood pressure, their symptoms will usually improve within an hour.”

In one study the prevalence of a hypertensive emergency was evaluated in an emergency department during 12 months of observation.

The most frequent signs observed were headache, epistaxis (nosebleeds), faintness, and psychomotor agitation.

Psychomotor refers to a wide range of actions involving physical movement related to conscious cognitive processing.

In most cases, however, high blood pressure rarely produces noticeable symptoms.

“So, the only way to find out if you have it been to get your blood pressure checked,” explains the NHS.

“If you experience a severe increase in your blood pressure, seek immediate medical attention,” advises Mayo Clinic.

According to the health body, treatment for hypertensive crisis may include hospitalisation for treatment with oral or intravenous medications.

The only way to determine your blood pressure reading is to get a blood pressure test.

UK public health advice recommends that all adults over 40 have their blood pressure checked at least every five years.

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Lewis Hamilton's cracks starting to show after Max Verstappen and Red Bull pressure

Lewis Hamilton's cracks starting to show after Max Verstappen and Red Bull pressure

Lewis Hamilton’s words echoed around the streets of Baku on Sunday, as the seven-time world champion was gifted a golden opportunity to take back the lead of the championship in Azerbaijan.

“We’ve got to remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Got to be measured, how risky we go,” said Hamilton on his Mercedes team radio before the restart after a lengthy red-flag period.

Main title rival and race leader Max Verstappen had hit the wall. Race control had halted the session, and there was about to be a two-lap sprint race to finish the race, with Hamilton sitting second.

Peter Bonnington, Hamilton’s race engineer replied: “Copy Lewis” with team principal Toto Wolff adding: “Absolutely agree, Lewis.”

As the lights went out, Hamilton had a clean run on Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who had inherited pole position after his team-mate’s crash, but then it all came undone for the seven-time world champion.

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‘Brake magic’ is understood to be a setting used by Mercedes behind the Safety Car to help heat the brakes by altering brake bias settings, along with various other things.

But this wasn’t Hamilton’s first rodeo, he has been in these positions before and performed the unimaginable.

The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, where he outclassed the entire field by managing to wring out his tyres without damaging them, passing several cars through without pitting, and taking the lead from Sergio Perez to ultimately finish almost 30 seconds ahead, can’t be forgotten. It was a performance that secured him a seventh world title.

But this felt different, this felt like Hamilton let the pressure get to him and it boiled over. No-one is suggesting it’s a rookie mistake, but it was a sloppy one that cost him and the team dearly.

The heartbreaking message came across the radio. “I’m so sorry,” said the Briton. “Don’t sweat it, Lewis,” came the response, a sign that maybe Verstappen and Red Bull are starting to flap the otherwise unflappable reigning world champion.

Hamilton explained: “Just on the restart, I think when Checo [Perez] moved over towards me.

“I clicked a switch and it basically switches the brakes off, and I just went straight,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d even touched it.

“So very hard to take, but mostly just really sorry to the men and women in the team who have worked so hard for these points, but we will regroup and come back stronger I’m sure.”

Hamilton now finds himself in a precarious position in the aftermath of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the uncharacteristic mistake. With no points gained he finds himself still sat behind Verstappen in the standings, despite the Dutchman not even finishing the race.

The last time F1 had two consecutive races without a Mercedes on the podium was the final two races of 2013, the US and Brazillian Grands Prix.

Rarely do we see Hamilton make mistakes, and even more rarely do we not see Hamilton bounce back stronger. He’s one of the most successful drivers in Formula One history for a reason, and in this case, maybe his error has the power to turn him into something even better than he was before in his quest for an eighth world title.

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Rafael Nadal given French Open warning by Cam Norrie ahead of clash – ‘No pressure on me’

Rafael Nadal given French Open warning by Cam Norrie ahead of clash - ‘No pressure on me’

British No 2 Cam Norrie has admitted that he is relishing the challenge of facing Rafael Nadal at the Spaniard’s favoured French Open on Saturday afternoon. The pair will go head-to-head for a place in the fourth round of the competition, with Norrie going into the match as the clear underdog against his vastly superior opponent.

Nadal breezed into the third round with a commanding victory over Richard Gasquet on Thursday evening to set up a meeting with the South African-born Brit.

The 35-year-old has gained a formidable reputation as the ‘king of clay’ after winning all but three editions of the French Open since 2005.

He will be widely expected to brush Norrie aside on Saturday on his way to a record 21st Grand Slam title, but his unfancied opponent has refused to rule out the possibility of a sensational upset.

The two players have already faced each other twice since the turn of the year, with Nadal winning every single set in their respective duels at the Australian Open and Barcelona Open.

However, Norrie has suggested that the lack of expectation on him to succeed at Roland Garros could aid his chances of pulling off a shock victory.

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“It is another great opportunity to have a crack at him [Nadal],” the 25-year-old told reporters.

“Obviously I’m going to be the underdog going in there, so no pressure on me. I will go out, see if I can execute my game and frustrate him.

“It is another wonderful experience for me playing him again in the third round of a slam, especially where he’s been very dominant.

“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me. I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa. But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy.”

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Norrie has enjoyed an impressive French Open campaign so far, defeating Bjorn Fratangelo and Lloyd Harris in his first two matches at the tournament.

The world No 41 could potentially achieve a career-high ranking on Saturday, but admitted that there is still plenty of room for improvement in order to start raising his game to the next level.

“It would be great for me to get a career high,” added Norrie. “I think I’m a lot more calm in bigger moments than I had been in the past.

“I’ve been very consistent and have kept the momentum with me, not really letting too many little things throw me off. I’ve been pretty dead set on improving and bringing my level every day.

“I don’t think I’m playing, like, out-of-this-world excellent. I’m doing a lot of fundamentals well, and I think that’s paying off.”

Norrie is the only British player remaining in the French Open after the premature exits of Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Dan Evans was also dumped out in the opening round of the competition by unseeded Serbian hopeful Miomir Kecmanovic despite winning the first set.

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High blood pressure: Noni juice shown to 'significantly' lower BP – what is it?

High blood pressure: Noni juice shown to 'significantly' lower BP - what is it?

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, means your blood pressure is consistently too high and means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This extra exertion can lead to heart and circulatory diseases like heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, you can reverse a high blood pressure reading by drinking noni juice, research suggests.

In contrast, the consumption of chokeberry juice slightly decreased only diastolic blood pressure by 3.6 percent.

Conversely, consumption of three portions of energy drinks caused a significant increase in diastolic blood pressure by 14.7 percent.

What’s more, blood sugar levels of participants consuming noni juice decreased by 7.3 percent, while the consumption of energy drinks caused an increase of 15.8 percent.

Consistently high blood sugar levels are a dangerous feature of type 2 diabetes.

“The results of the study showed that noni juice may be effective in lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels,” the researchers concluded.

General dietary tips to lower high blood pressure

One of the most effective countermeasures against high blood pressure is cutting down on salt.

Salt raises your blood pressure – the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.

According to the NHS, you should aim to eat less than six grams (0.2oz) of salt a day, which is about a teaspoonful.

“Eating a low-fat diet that includes lots of fibre, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and plenty of fruit and vegetables also helps lower blood pressure,” explains the health body.

You should also aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, it adds.

In addition to eating well, you should also engage in regular physical activity.

The Mayo Clinic explains: “Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort.”

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England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure for Euro 2020 – 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 - 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 – ‘I have to deliver’ (Image: GETTY)

England boss Gareth Southgate begins his preparations for Euro 2020 against Austria on Tuesday night and admits: “I have to deliver.” In 2018, the Three Lions travelled to Russia with virtually no expectations only to reach the semi-finals. But ahead of facing Austria, the first of two pre-tournament friendlies at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, Southgate admits the situation is very different three years later.

“I’ve got to try to manage the expectations for the players, but I accept the situation as a manager,” he said.

“There’s expectation – I have to deliver. We have to deliver as a group of staff, although it’s not about me in terms of if we can be successful.

“But, of course, it will be about me if we fail. No problem, that’s the gig.”

Southgate admits though that vital centre-back Harry Maguire may not be fit until the closing stages of the tournament – if at all – but is selecting him for his leadership qualities as he recovers from ankle ligament damage.

“We know exactly where he is at,” Southgate insisted. “Our medical team has been with him over in Manchester he has not travelled yet to us because of the quarantine issues coming back from the Europa League final in Poland.

“So he has a bit more to do, but we have just got to keep assessing him and updating where he is.”

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 - 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 – ‘I have to deliver’ (Image: GETTY)

Amid much speculation, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was also included as one of four right-backs in the final 26-man squad.

However, Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins, James Ward-Prowse and Marcus Greenwood, who has been ruled out by a long-standing injury, were the four senior players to be told they would not be part of the final group.

The uncapped trio of Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Ben Godfrey also miss out but remain with the group on standby in case of any new injuries before England’s opening game of the European Championships against Croatia at Wembley on June 13.

True enough, Southgate did as he said he would and picked what he believes to be the best 26 footballers in the country – even if an unnaturally large proportion of them appear to be right-backs.

Rockliffe Hall in the leafy village of Hurworth, County Durham, is the perfect retreat on a warm June afternoon ahead of the storm that awaits the England manager.

It is a site he knows well – the home of Middlesbrough, where he cut his managerial teeth in a vain three-year battle against relegation more than a decade ago. Times were very different then.

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 - 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 – ‘I have to deliver’ (Image: GETTY)

“On my managerial journey, I mean then I was a 17-year-old apprentice like I was at Crystal Palace,” he said.

“Now I’m probably a 23-year-old player. I’ve only managed 200 games so in terms of experience. I’ve got a lot of experience now of as high a pressured job as you can have. Experience of big matches with the national team.

“But I still know that I’ll be better again in two years’ time and I’ll be better again in four years’ time because I’ve got the desire to improve, learn, reflect, get better and I want to be the best possible coach and manager that I can be.”

Southgate’s tenure started brightly at Middlesbrough after his controversial appointment without the necessary coaching qualifications his newly-professionalised role required.

But when it started to unravel as much due to lack of resources as any managerial failings, he began quickly became undermined as another young English managerial failure in the league where the foreign coach was king.

However, since he reluctantly took the England reins following the debacle of Iceland and the Sam Allardyce fake-sheikh scandal, he has always been meticulous about showing his working.

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England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 - 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 – ‘I have to deliver’ (Image: EXPRESS SPORT)

Which is why one of the most unbalanced, accident-prone and individual-reliant squads of recent memories actually makes sense.

“Basically they are in our best 26 footballers and that is why they are in the squad and if I could have picked a fifth or sixth right back, I probably would have done,” Southgate responded when asked to address the elephant in his squad.

As it is, it is just the four and tomorrow Trent Alexander-Arnold will start on the right, Kieran Trippier on the left while Kyle Walker and Reece James continue their recovery from Porto.

With Ollie Watkins one of those let go from the initial 33, it leaves just Dominic Calvert-Lewin as back-up to the injury-prone Harry Kane. Or perhaps Marcus Rashford.

But Southgate has calculated he can take that risk to allow an abundance of creative talent elsewhere.

It means he has Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka to call on if Raheem Sterling’s poor form continues into the summer.

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 - 'I have to deliver'

England boss Gareth Southgate feeling the pressure before Euro 2020 – ‘I have to deliver’ (Image: GETTY)

So perhaps that will be enough to outscore opponents facing a defence likely to be missing Harry Maguire in the early games and possibly, too, the protection of Jordan Henderson.

So many years praying for the fitness of David Beckham or Wayne Rooney have been enough to question taking one injured player into a tournament. Now we have two.

But if Southgate believes it will work, it is hard not to feel something of a buzz. As in 2018, he has put together a group that can exceed the expectations of a nation.

That was not particularly hard in Russia, but now the goalposts have moved.

“We’ve always gone into tournaments in bygone days worrying about maybe one or two key injuries, Southgate said. “Now we feel we have some depth which is important.

“It’s pointless us sitting worrying about the possibility we might lose players. You have to find ways of winning with the hand you’ve got.” Even if it does contain four twos.

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High blood pressure: Three symptoms that signal your hypertension reading is 'very high'

High blood pressure: Three symptoms that signal your hypertension reading is 'very high'

According to Harvard Health, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, beans, nuts, whole-grain carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats all have healthful effects on blood pressure.

It is also vital to cut down on salt because salt raises blood pressure.

According to Action on Salt, a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, a high salt diet disrupts the natural sodium balance in the body.

The health body explains: “This causes the body to retain water, which increases the pressure of the pushing of blood against the vessel walls.”

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Beetroot juice shown to significantly lower high blood pressure

Beetroot juice shown to significantly lower high blood pressure
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by causing your arteries to lose their stretchiness and become stiff or narrow. As the British Heart Foundation (BHF) explains, the narrowing makes it easier for fatty material (atheroma) to clog them up. “If the arteries that carry blood to your heart get damaged and clogged, it can lead to a heart attack,” the BHF warns.
Hypertensive patients who drank 250ml of beetroot juice a day were found to have blood pressure levels back in the “normal” range by the end of the study.”The effect is caused by the high levels of a type of chemical called nitrates, which is found in high quantities in beetroot, and other leafy green vegetables like kale and cabbage,” reports the BHF.

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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What’s more, no adverse side effects were observed in people taking the daily dose of nitrates, in the form of beetroot juice.Commenting on the findings, the BHF said: “The results suggest that supplementing the levels of nitrate in the diet can be a simple and effective way to manage high blood pressure.

“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.”

Potassium lowers high blood pressure

How to lower high blood pressure: Potassium lowers high blood pressure (Image: Getty Images)

Prof Ahluwalia added: “For those looking to work dietary nitrate into their daily diets, the trick is not to boil the vegetables – as dietary nitrate is water soluble – but steaming, roasting or drinking in a juice all has a positive effect.”In addition to increasing nitrate intake, potassium can also help to lower high blood pressure.

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.

How to assess your blood pressure reading

High blood pressure: How to assess your blood pressure reading (Image: Getty Images)

What’s more, potassium also helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure, notes the AHA.Fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods and fish are good natural sources of potassium.

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.”

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