Beets are one of those gluten-free and wheat-free foods we can all enjoy in our diets (well, "enjoy" in that they are safe for Celiac and gluten-free / wheat-free people - as for enjoying the taste, that's up to you). And now, perhaps we can also consume them with the intention of lowering our blood pressure. Here's a summary of what the study found:
- 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure
- blood pressure was reduced within just 1 hour of ingesting beetroot juice
- a peak drop occurs 3-4 hours after ingestion.
- Some reduction was observable up to 24 hours after ingestion.
I always find this type of study interesting, and I am always especially pleased when the item of interest is also gluten-free / wheat-free, since all of us can enjoy the benefit! Quite honestly, I don't think I'm going to run out and buy a pile of beets, but if I had high blood pressure I'd certainly be inclined to try it before going on prescription medications. Don't get me wrong: I like beets, and I really enjoyed them when I was young (not sure why, but I just don't think about them much now, but perhaps my diet will include them more often going forward).
Half a liter of beet juice a day? Sure, why not? Call it a new Sports Drink (gluten-free of course) and market it to the masses -- perhaps add a bit of caffeine to the mix, and it becomes the new Deep-Red Bull. lol. If you want to read more details of the study, here's a link to Study on Beet-Juice lowering Blood-Pressure.