Consumption of one glass of beet juice a day can help reduce blood pressure by about 7%. The action is due to the presence of nitrates in vegetables.

Celery, cabbage and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce are higher in nitrates .
Foods high in nitrates cause a series of chemical reactions in the blood that increase the concentration of oxygen.
The study involved 8 women and 7 men with systolic blood pressure between 140 -159 mmHg. They do not take blood pressure medication.
The researchers monitored the blood pressure levels of volunteers who had previously consumed 250 ml of beet juice or water.
The results showed that volunteers who drank beet juice reduced systolic blood pressure by about 10 mmHg compared to those who drank water.
The effect is most pronounced up to 6 hours after juice consumption, but is observed even 24 hours later.
Scientists have found that a glass of juice contains about 0.2 nitrates . This amount is quite enough to normalize blood pressure levels, scientists explain.
They hope the research will help improve health and prevent cardiovascular disease .
Previous research has shown that beets increase endurance and can stimulate the blood supply to vital areas of the brain.
The results of the study were published in the journal Hypertension .