Beetroot Juice May Provide Benefits to Heart Disease PatientsReleased May 10, 2017
- A new study finds that dietary nitrate—a compound that dilates blood vessels to decrease blood pressure—may reduce overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs with heart disease. The research team looked specifically at beetroot juice, a source of dietary nitrate, to explore its use as a future targeted treatment option for people with cardiovascular disease. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Heart and Circulatory Physiology
, is the first to study the effects of nitrate supplementation on sympathetic nerve activity.