Here’s a fun game you can play.
It’s a new take on beat the clock… where you have to accomplish a task before time runs out. Except for this time, you’re not just beating the clock.
You’re beating your DOC.
Don’t worry. This is a case where your doctor will be thrilled if he “loses.” In fact, he’ll be over the moon if you succeed where so many patients have failed.
The clock starts ticking right after he says you need to cut your blood pressure by your next appointment or face more meds.
But today, I’ve got a plan to help you WIN this game. One so easy it might feel like cheating.
You won’t just meet your doctor’s expectations. You’ll BEAT them.
And that may mean avoiding a new round of blood pressure meds and all of the sickening side effects that come with it.
BEET high blood pressure with this circulation trick
I’m going to admit something right upfront. This isn’t going to sound like the most appetizing solution in the world.
The winning move? Drinking beetroot juice? (GAK!)
But don’t worry, you don’t have to knock back gallons of it—just a tiny serving a day… about 2 ounces… plus a folate supplement. And I’ll share a trick with you to make it perfectly painless in just a moment.
But first, here’s WHY it works…
The beets contain nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide (NO) inside your body. NO helps to pop open blood vessels, so everything flows through nice and easy, gently reducing your blood pressure. Meanwhile, the folate supplement helps to enhance that process.
And in a new study, the winning combo didn’t disappoint.
Winning combo gently and effectively lowered BP
Researchers gave a group of volunteers a touch more than 2 ounces a day of a nitrate-rich beetroot juice drink (containing 400 mg of nitrates), along with 5 mg of folate. A second set of folks got the same nitrate-rich beetroot juice without the folate. And a third set of volunteers were given a placebo.
At the start of the study, the participants had a median blood pressure of 151/92. That’s smack in the middle of stage one hypertension, and right around the time, your doc will give you the BP speech.
He’ll say you need to cut your blood pressure or take meds (or take more meds if you’re already on them). So let’s start the clock… and beat the doc!
Set it for two months, since that’s how long this study lasted.
Over that time, the patients given the placebo essentially had no change in their blood pressure. Next stop: meds.
However, the folks who got the beet juice WITHOUT the folate saw their systolic blood pressure drop to about 145/90. That’ll certainly get your doc’s attention.
But the REAL victory move is getting both the juice and the folate. The lucky folks who downed this winning combo daily saw their systolic (top number) fall by nearly 11 points. Meanwhile, their diastolic (bottom number) dropped by more than five.
The dynamic duo worked like a charm.
Make it beet juice for the blood pressure win
In other words, they beat… or BEET… the doc.
And yours will be so thrilled when YOU do too, that if these were normal times he’d give you a high five. But maybe you’ll get a foot tap or elbow bump for your fantastic blood pressure numbers instead.
You can find beet juice online as well as in many grocery stores. I’ve even seen it at Walmart. Or you can make your own if you have a juicer. Just keep in mind beet juice stains, a lesson I learned the hard way.
Oh, and about that flavor. Beet juice is what you might call an acquired taste. There’s a chance you won’t hate it, but if you need a little help making it more palatable, you can use my Mary Poppins trick. But instead of a spoonful of sugar to make the “medicine” go down, add a dash of another veggie or fruit juice such as carrot or blueberry.
And if you want even better blood pressure results check out my list of the top five all-natural circulation-boosters… including one that’s absolutely delicious.