Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high.
A cup of beetroot juice helped people lower their high blood pressure by 11 points within 6 hours, finds a recent study. The reason it works so fast: Beets contain dietary nitrate, which your body converts to a gas that expands blood vessels and aids blood flow.
This simple smoothie from nutritionist Dana White, RD, contains a heart-healthy trifecta of nitrate, magnesium, and potassium. You can find cooked beets in your supermarket’s produce case or salad bar—or roast your own.
Pineapple-Beet Blast PREP TIME: 5 minutes
- 2 ½ c sliced cooked beets
- 1½ c frozen pineapple chunks
- ¼ c celery leaves
- 1 c vanilla almond milk
- ½ c fresh orange juice
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Divide between 2 chilled glasses. (Makes 3 cups.)
NUTRITION (per serving) 153 cal, 2 g pro, 35 g carb, 3 g fiber, 28 g sugars, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 110 mg sodium
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