Drinking a glass of beetroot juice each day could help lower blood pressure, it has emerged.
A new study, conducted at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, showed that drinking half a litre of the vegetable drink daily led to dramatically lower readings.
Researchers attributed the effect to the high levels of nitrate within beetroot reacting with bacteria in the mouth to cause chemical changes which resulted in blood vessels dilating and increasing blood flow.
During the experiment, participants were asked to drink either half a litre of beetroot juice or half a litre of water.
They were tested after an hour and it was noted that those who drank the juice had started to show reductions in their blood pressure.
After a further hour and a half the juice drinkers had a systolic blood pressure of approximately ten millimetres of mercury lower that than that of those drinking water.
According to Net Doctor, approximately ten million people throughout the UK suffer from high blood pressure.
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