The Juice Your Heart Will Love

“Beet” Hypertension

Fruit juices are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients. But you won’t get the biggest health benefits from apple or orange juice. Fruit and vegetable juice blends give you a broader and more powerful nutrient boost. One of the best juice products available at your grocery store is V8 Fusion. Each bottle of V8 Fusion contains a mix of fruit and vegetable juices (and tastes delicious to boot).

If you suffer from high blood pressure, consider beetroot juice. Your body converts compounds in beets into nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels. A recent study appearing in the journal Hypertension (February 2015) looked at the effect of beet juice on blood pressure. Heart patients who drank an 8-ounce glass of beet juice daily saw their systolic and diastolic blood pressure drop.

If you can’t find beet juice at your local grocery store, turn to a vitamin/nutrition specialty retailer. You’ll be able to find beetroot products there. Taking beetroot extract in capsule form gives you the same health benefits as drinking beetroot juice. And if you don’t like the taste of the juice, this may be a preferable alternative.