Beetroot reduces blood pressure – especially in older, overweight people
Being concerned that previous studies had focussed on young, healthy adults, a group of researchers (A. Jajja; A. Sutyarjoko; J. Lara; K Rennie; K. Brandt; O. Qadir and M. Siervo) set out to study less healthy people to see if beetroot had a positive effect on their health – and it most certainly did.
Subjects were given either beetroot or blackcurrant juice for a month.
After three weeks, those on daily beetroot juice concentrate had a significant reduction in blood pressure. When the supplementation was stopped for a week, blood pressure rose again.