Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Natural ways to lower blood pressure

A study published in Hypertension (March) showed that two cups of beet juice daily lowered blood pressure by about 10 points, equivalent to the effect of many blood-pressure medicines. Beets and certain other vegetables are high in nitrates. Eating a diet rich in natural nitrates seems to increase nitric oxide, a compound made in the body that relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Weight loss and relaxation exercises can also contribute to natural blood-pressure control.

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