The inner lining of blood vessels secrete a chemical that controls blood flow called nitric oxide. Foods such as beetroot are high in nitrates which stimulate the release of nitric oxide. This results in decreased blood pressure, decreased risk of stroke and heart attack, increased endurance capacity and positive effects on sexual performance.

A six-week study performed at the William Harvey Research Institute in London, U.K, showed a significant 24 percent improvement in the blood vessel health of participating subjects with high cholesterol by measuring flow-mediated dilation. Blood platelet stickiness, a sign of cholesterol health, was also significantly reduced by 10 percent, reducing the risk of blood clot formation.

Try to drink 200 mg of beetroot juice every day for improved heart health, blood vessel and exercise performance.

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