Is Beetroot Good for Low Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beetroot is good for low blood pressure. Because it has dietary nitrates and they can help lower blood pressure.

Low blood pressure is a condition that affects your circulatory system.

In low blood pressure, your body experiences a reduction in the force at which blood is pushed against the walls of your arteries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as dizziness, fainting, and an increased risk of falls.

One of the key factors in managing low blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood volume and vessel dilation, which can impact your low blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage low blood pressure, you should consume sodium and vitamin-rich foods like salted nuts, olives, and canned soups and avoid low-sodium rich foods like unsalted snacks, low-sodium prepared meals, and fresh fruits with high water content.

Now, beetroot is a root vegetable. People usually eat it cooked, pickled, or drink its juice.

Beetroot is good for low blood pressure because it contains dietary nitrates.

Dietary nitrates are converted into nitric oxide in the body, which helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow.

One cup (136 grams) of boiled beetroot can give you approximately 4% of your daily potassium needs, 6% of your daily magnesium needs, and a significant amount of dietary nitrates.

Dietary nitrates can positively affect low blood pressure by helping to lower it.

Potassium can help regulate heart rhythm and muscle function, which is beneficial for those with low blood pressure.

Furthermore, beetroot is a vegetable, and vegetables are good for low blood pressure.

Because, they provide essential nutrients without significantly increasing calorie intake, which can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce blood pressure.

You can eat one cup of beetroot per day safely.

More than that can cause beeturia (red or pink urine), which is harmless but can be alarming.

Also, you shouldn’t eat beetroot if you have/suffering from kidney stones to prevent the formation of more stones.

Because beetroot is high in oxalates, which can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

You can buy fresh beetroot in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose small and firm beetroots with deep maroon coloring, unblemished skin, and bright green leaves with no sign of wilting.

Because these are indicators of freshness and quality.

You can store them in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer for seven to ten days.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with low blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my low blood pressure patients to follow a low blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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