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Can beetroot juice or supplements help lower my blood pressure?

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eve15348   August 2, 2017
what about hibiscus tea for blood pressure?

ConsumerLab.com   August 2, 2017
Hi Eve - The evidence for hibiscus lowering blood pressure is quite preliminary, and better quality studies are needed. You can read more about this in the Encyclopedia article about Hibiscus: https://www.consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=108309

Deborah15341   August 2, 2017
Beet juice is also very high in carbs, around 25 g per cup.

Pamela11407   November 19, 2016
Just an FYI on beetjuice, if you choose to lower BP on occasion with beetjuice that is fine, but please avoid drinking beetjuice on a daily basis. It is very high in oxalates and can cause kidney stones. Good health to all.

fred9803   June 15, 2016
I too get 10points or more reduction on both sbp & dbp with one 8 oz cup of fresh juiced beet juice with carrot and celery, every few days. Same as what Dr Oz. show reported.



Claire9795   June 15, 2016
I traveled from elevation of 2000 to 5000 in mountains. My BP increased from
132/90 t0 144/91 after 4 days at higher elevations . I was concerned so researched
And found study on beet juice that found the nitric oxide in beet juice consumption led to systolic reduction in BP. The next day I took 1/2 of 25 mg. diuretic (Spirinolactone) and I ate the following for lunch (as experiment) to reduce BP; 1 avocado with 1/2 can sliced beets (no sodium added) and handful fresh spinach, topped with Balsamic vinegar. Took BP 5 hours later and BP went from previous 144/91 down to 121/85 (remarkable). Did same lunch next day and went down to 115/80, and day 3 in morning was down to 114/74 without taking diuretic, did not eat lunch yesterday and ate dinner out. This morning BP was 129/83. Will eat above lunch today to see if get same reduced BP tonight.

Glenn15354   August 2, 2017
I think that was more due to acclamation than supplemental.

Sanford9794   June 15, 2016
Be aware that drinking large amounts of beet juice may resultin beeturia, turning the urine red. While the condition is likely harmless, it can confused with passing blood in the urine.

ConsumerLab.com   June 15, 2016
Thank you Sanford. This is noted under "Cautions" in the answer above.

richard9793   June 15, 2016
I have no opinion about beetroot. The article presents a balanced view. However, the following facts should be mentioned:

1. A 4mm reduction in systolic blood pressure is worthwhile, and similar to that achieved with some blood pressure medicines, reducing drinking, or reducing sodium.
2. Systolic BP is more important than diastolic.

Myra9791   June 15, 2016
Two cups daily of home-made beet juice made with fresh or steamed beets reduced my systolic blood pressure from 140-170 to 120-135 allowing me to wean myself of beta-blocker and nitrate prescriptions. However, after about two weeks, I developed itchy bumps on my skin. By reducing my beet juice intake to 1 cup daily the incidence of skin problems has decreased, and I am now taking along with it minimal doses of angiotensin receptor blocker (25 mg/day) and nitrate (5 mg/twice a day). By the way to enhance the taste and effectiveness of the juice, I also add berries, melon, celery,apple …whatever I have on hand.

Raymond9800   June 15, 2016
Thank you Myra for your comments on the skin problems after taking the beet juice. I have been taking large doses of arginine (about 2,000 mg), to increase NO for mild hypertension, and within q week or so I also experienced red rashes and bumps on my thigh. This correlation, along with your post, will probably save me a trip to the dermatologist.

margie15364   August 4, 2017
High arginine may be contraindicated for people prone to shingles (herpes). Check this out.

ConsumerLab.com   August 24, 2017
Hi Margie - There is some evidence from laboratory studies that arginine is required for the herpes virus to replicate (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7609030?dopt=Abstract) although there do not appear to be published reports of arginine supplementation worsening symptoms in people with shingles. For more about this, see the Encyclopedia articles about arginine: https://www.consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=21509 and shingles article: https://www.consumerlab.com/tnp.asp?chunkiid=21722

This CL Answer initially posted on 6/15/2016. Last updated 7/26/2017.

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