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SUITABLE FOR: Vegetarian - Vegan - Kosher
FREE OF: Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Soya, Yeast, Preservatives, Sweeteners, Artificial Flavours or Colours
Solgar's Beetroot Extract 500mg is a rich source of antioxidants as well as good levels of many nutrients, including, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, Fibre, Manganese, Potassium Vitamin C and Iron.
THE ALTERNATIVE TO...HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: FROM OUR BLOG
We are often asked for help with reducing high blood pressure at Elixir, and you can’t help but wonder if it is something more of us suffer with than in the past. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects 16 million Britons - one in five - and is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Although it is sometimes due to known causes such as steroid medication or the contraceptive pill, there are also a number of life-style factors which contribute, such as:
• drinking a lot of alcohol – especially binge drinking
• lack of exercise
• poor diet
If someone else in your family has high blood pressure, you also have a higher risk of developing it. Fortunately, we are able to help with a remarkably simple, yet astonishingly fast and effective solution: beetroot!
SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
The effect has been traced to nitrate in the beetroot which reacts with bacteria in the mouth. This leads to chemical changes which result in blood vessels dilating to increase blood flow. In tests, healthy volunteers recruited for a study at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London were asked to drink either half a litre of beetroot juice or water. Those who had the juice started to show reductions in blood pressure after just one hour, with optimum results after three hours. They also found that only a small amount of juice is needed - just 250ml - to have this effect, and that the higher the blood pressure at the start of the study the greater the decrease caused by the nitrate.
Scientists have also shown how drinking beetroot juice can boost stamina. Some of the benefits even surpass those gained from the strict training routines followed by professional sportsmen, and the researchers admit to being stunned by the results.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE BEETROOT?
Since the earthy tang of the juice might not be to everyone's taste, you will be glad to know that Solgar has come up with a solution with their Beetroot Extract neatly wrapped up in capsules, which provides the same benefits. And just like the juice, we have seen remarkably fast results including people who have been turned down for surgery due to their high blood pressure, yet within 24 hours reducing it so much that surgery could be carried out.
There are no side effects from Beetroot Extract (although some people may experience a discoloration of their urine in the first couple of days), and it could have a big impact on everyone from athletes training for big events to pensioners who lack the energy to walk to the shops!
The beetroot has a long history of traditional use as a medicinal food. Modern research has confirmed these uses as well as highlighted some new health benefits form this humble vegetable.
Research studies have demonstrated that beetroots are a uniquely rich source of phytonutrient pigments collectively known as betalains. Betalains are nitrogen-containing, water-soluble plant pigments which exert a wide range of desirable biological activities, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular-protective properties. Betalains are responsible for the characteristic colour of beetroots, whether they be the yellow variety or the more common crimson-red type.
Recent studies on beetroot’s role in cardiovascular health has cited nitrate as the key component responsible for these benefits. Researchers found that nitrate from beetroot increased levels of nitric oxide within the body. Nitric oxide signals the smooth muscle fibres to relax, which increases blood flow, subsequently improving circulation and reducing blood pressure.
Beetroots also contain various carotenoids, iron, potassium, fibre, vitamin c, folic acid and betaine. Betaine (also known as TMG) has been shown to reduce the blood concentration of homocysteine, a substance linked to heart disease.
As a food supplement for adults, one (1) vegetable capsule, up to three (3) times daily, preferably at mealtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Do not exceed directions for use.
f you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product. Please Note: Due to the bright colour of this extract it can alter the normal colour of your urine. Although this should not continue when no longer consuming this product, please seek medical advice should a change in urine colour continue beyond 24/48 hours after discontinuing this product
Solgar’s KOF-K certification #K-1250
|Each vegetable capsule provides:|
|Beetroot Extract (Beta vulgaris)||500 mg|
|Vegetable Capsule Shell: hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose|
|Bulking Agent: microcrystalline cellulose|
|Anti-caking Agents: silicon dioxide, vegetable magnesium stearate|
Code - E34744
Caution: If you have a medical condition, consult your health practitioner before taking any supplements. Always read the label first.