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Beet juice has developed quite a reputation over the past few decades. Researchers have discovered that it lowers blood pressure and improves athletic endurance. Canadian scientists demonstrated that nitrate-rich beet juice affects the sympathetic nervous system that controls heart rate and blood pressure. The Canadians use the British terminology beetroot juice.

How Does Beetroot Juice Affect the Nervous System?

In the trial, healthy young people drank either high-nitrate beet juice or a look-alike, taste-alike placebo. The scientists measured sympathetic nerve activity in their muscles during both activity and rest periods. It was lower after the volunteers had drunk beetroot juice than after they had consumed the placebo beverage.

The authors concluded that beetroot juice lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn leads to cardiovascular benefits. Although these volunteers were healthy and young, the investigators foresee that beet juice could someday benefit people with heart disease.

Notay et al, American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, online May 5, 2017 

Beets and Beet Juice for Protecting the Heart:

A previous study identified beet juice as a possible antidote to serious side effects of an anti-cancer drug called doxorubicin. This chemotherapy has one big drawback. It can be toxic to the heart. When patients have to take large doses for long periods they risk damaging their heart muscles permanently.

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University found that nitrates that occur naturally in foods such as spinach, beets and leafy green vegetables may protect the heart muscle from doxorubicin injury. The research was carried out in mice and will need to be repeated in human studies (Zhu et al, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2011). Until such studies are completed, however, cancer patients taking doxorubicin may wish to drink beetroot juice and eat lots of spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables as an inexpensive and potentially helpful adjunct to their chemotherapy.

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  1. Beverly

    I have the same question as in one of the posts above. Why is high nitrate beet juice mentioned without discussing the carcinogenic qualities of nitrates used in curing pork and wine, etc.? The differences and similarities need to be part of the discussion. Thanks. Beverly e.

  2. James

    Have you ever looked at the sugar in some of these beet juices….VERY HIGH

  3. Torrence
    Boardman, Ohio

    Far too often the dosage is missing with things offered to take for any problem. Which I believe is crucial in taking any kind of meds.

  4. Kolla

    How research on a few among the millions can be based for fixing ranges for entire man kind.

  5. Lisa

    what about nitrates and cancer? are the nitrates in beet juice similar to the nitrates in processed meats?

  6. Eric

    I purchased some beet powder from Superbeets. I choose them because their beets are grown in the USA. Unlike the other companies I considered which were grown in China. The problem is it doesn’t taste at all like beets. It’s very sweet. It doesn’t say that it has added sugar but it has to. It’s just way to sweet.

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