beets, lower high blood pressure

Q. I hate having to get up three or four times a night to urinate. Around 3 or 4 in the morning I have trouble getting back to sleep.

I have discovered that when I take ibuprofen for post-exercise soreness I am much less likely to be awakened by my bladder. I don’t want to take this on a regular basis, though, because I worry about intestinal irritation.

I’ve heard that there is a new sleeping pill designed to help with going back to sleep. What can you tell me about it?

A. There are data suggesting that NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), celecoxib (Celebrex) and diclofenac (Voltaren) can ease nighttime urination problems (European Urology, Apr. 2006; Urology, Oct. 2008). Nevertheless, we worry that regular use of such drugs might affect kidney function and cause stomach ulcers.

The new sleeping pill is called Intermezzo. It is designed to dissolve under the tongue for fast action in the middle of the night. It is actually a low dose of the drug zolpidem, the active ingredient in the sleeping pill Ambien.

Should you wish a different approach, here is an intriguing story from a reader:

“I never liked beets, but my wife (who is Polish) does. I have come to enjoy barszcz, which is a sweet/sour soup made from beets with either a meat or vegetable stock.

“I am 63 years old and have the normal urinary symptoms of an aging prostate. When we have barszcz, I can pee like a 10-year-old. At night it is so satisfying to be able to empty my bladder completely and get back to sleep.

“I am not mistaken about the correlation as I have repeated the experiment many times. I now grow beets in my garden!”

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  1. MaryPat

    Just wandered in and boy some really good idea to think about. Love beets and will give them a try. As some others have asked Do you have to eat beets every day ?? At night meal ???

  2. Jerry

    Beets! I eat a couple beets every day and drink some juice. I’m down to 1, 2 times a night from 5+++

  3. Sam
    Mesquite Texas

    Just to say thank you, please address prostate cancer natural treatments. I heard about BAKING soda and molasses, I tried it to avoid surgery and the results are encouraging. My Doctor at Parkland hospital is pleased with my blood results.

  4. Rebekah

    I grow beets in my this year for the first time and they did beautifully. I love beets but I notice something going on with my bladder not long after I started enjoying the fruits of my labor.

    My bladder that never emptied all the way was emptying the way it did years ago and I was sleeping like a baby. I Googled the effects of beets on bladder and this site came up.

  5. Peter

    Does anybody know if beetjuice will do the same job?

  6. Chen
    Cary nc

    My husband just tried this, and he onLy had to get up once the first night, and did not get up the second night. Now, we will be buying beets in quantity. Simple and effective solution.

  7. Jimmy Jack Melbourne

    You could try diced beets in a blender with apple juice.
    It’s also great for energy due to increase of nitrates.

    • Cindy

      I will definitely try this! I have incontinence and get up 2 to 5 times a night, I love beets, so I am trying this tonight! !! Thanks Y’all

  8. Jimmy Jack Melbourne

    JP you make me laugh very funny indeed and good luck with those awfull side effects.

  9. David G

    First of all, to the original poster of the tip, a big thank you. I intend to give it a try.
    If others have tried it, has it helped?

  10. harvey

    It sounds like good old fashiond jewish Beet Borscht should do the trick.
    You don’t have to enen cook it yourself, it’s easily found in jewish markets,

  11. Shelley P.

    A couple of questions regarding the Barszcz Soup — to get the effects as stated in the article, does this have to be consumed several days in a row? It sounds like the effect may have been the same night one consumes the soup? Also, is it the soup that has this effect, or does eating beets directly supposed to have the same effects?
    Thank you

  12. N. Ford

    This discussion strand sums up why I just love The People’s Pharmacy website. There is so much information, care and help given, not only by the Graedons but also by the people using the website. I will definitely be trying out the Beet Soup.

  13. ANDREW B.

    I too would like to know how to make “barszcz” for the prostate problem.

  14. Bob McCall

    How much soup do you eat at one time????????

  15. Sylvia B

    My super easy recipe for beet soup? I go to the ethnic section of my grocery store, buy a bottle of Manischewitz Beet Soup (with shredded beets settled on the bottom), pour it into a pot, squirt a bit of lemon juice in, and heat it all up. That’s it.
    If I feel like taking the extra effort, I’ll boil up some Idaho potatoes separately, mash them up, and plop a good bit into my bowl of beet soup. A tasty combination.

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