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6 Fabulous Foods to Fight High Blood Pressure

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Beet juice is just as powerful as a nitrate tablet in reducing your blood pressure. — Travis Rathbone/trunkarchive.com

4. The beet goes on

Drinking a glass of beet juice can lower blood pressure within just a few hours, according to a Queen Mary University of London study published last year in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The nitrate in the juice has the same effect as taking a nitrate tablet, the researchers found. Beet juice can be found at some health food stores and specialty groceries such as Whole Foods. Other nitrate-rich foods include spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots and, of course, whole beets.

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