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Drinking Beetroot Juice Improves Endurance, Blood Pressure in Elderly

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on February 13, 2016 at 10:43 PM
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 Drinking Beetroot Juice Improves Endurance, Blood Pressure in Elderly

Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HfpEF) syndrome reflects how the left ventricle of the heart pumps with each beat. Primary symptoms of HFPEF includes shortness of breath and fatigue with normal amounts of exertion, partly due to non-cardiac factors that reduce oxygen delivery to active skeletal muscles.

A daily dose of beetroot juice may significantly improve exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with HfpEF syndrome, revealed a new study. The study said, "While the daily dose of beetroot juice improved aerobic endurance by 24%, it significantly reduced blood pressure by 5-10 mmHg."

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"These initial findings suggest that one week of daily beetroot juice could be a potential therapeutic option to improve aerobic endurance in patients with HfpEF, which has implications for improving everyday activities and quality of life," said Dalane Kitzman, professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, US.

The findings are detailed in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology-Heart Failure.

The researchers enrolled 19 people in a double-blinded, randomized safety study to determine which was better at improving exercise intolerance, a single dose or a daily dose of the juice given over multiple days.
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First, aerobic endurance and blood pressure were measured after the participants received either a single dose of beetroot juice or a placebo.

They were then administered a daily dose of beetroot juice to all 19 patients for an average of seven days, and measured endurance and blood pressure again.

The juice dose in the study was equivalent to 2.4 ounces containing approximately six millimoles of inorganic nitrate.

Source: IANS
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