Beet Juice Lowers High Blood Pressure -- I would like to read opinions of knowing people about this topic, because there are opposing versions. Thank you.
1. High-nitrate vegetables good for cardiovascular health (2008).
2. High-nitrate vegetables bad for forming carcinogenic N-nitrosamines (if combined with a fish meal) (1998).
3. High-nitrate vegetables bad for systemic nitrate exposure (2008).
4. High-nitrate vegetables good for lowering risk of certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease (2006).
1. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables reduce blood pressure (BP) and the risk of adverse cardiovascular events. However, the mechanisms of this effect have not been elucidated. Certain vegetables possess a high nitrate content, and we hypothesized that this might represent a source of vasoprotective nitric oxide via bioactivation. In healthy volunteers, approximately 3 hours after ingestion of a dietary nitrate load (beetroot juice 500 mL), BP was substantially reduced (Delta (max) -10.4/8 mm Hg); an effect that correlated with peak increases in plasma nitrite concentration. The dietary nitrate load also prevented endothelial dysfunction induced by an acute ischemic insult in the human forearm and significantly attenuated ex vivo platelet aggregation in response to collagen and ADP. Interruption of the enterosalivary conversion of nitrate to nitrite (facilitated by bacterial anaerobes situated on the surface of the tongue) prevented the rise in plasma nitrite, blocked the decrease in BP, and abolished the inhibitory effects on platelet aggregation, confirming that these vasoprotective effects were attributable to the activity of nitrite converted from the ingested nitrate. These findings suggest that dietary nitrate underlies the beneficial effects of a vegetable-rich diet and highlights the potential of a "natural" low cost approach for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Source: Hypertension. 2008 Mar;51(3):617-9.
Acute blood pressure lowering, vasoprotective, and antiplatelet properties of dietary nitrate via bioconversion to nitrite.
Webb AJ, Patel N, Loukogeorgakis S, Okorie M, Aboud Z, Misra S, Rashid R, Miall P, Deanfield J, Benjamin N, MacAllister R, Hobbs AJ, Ahluwalia A.
Clinical Pharmacology, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts & the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ, UK.
2. The aim of the present study was to investigate nitrosamine formation after nitrate exposure at the ADI level. This paper describes the excretion of volatile nitrosamines in the urine of human volunteers after a nitrate load in water in combination with a fish meal, since fish contains high amounts of amines, which are nitrosatable precursors (24,25). This study can contribute to the discussion of the validity of the current ADI of nitrate and nitrite for preventing human health risks.
Exposure to high nitrate levels implies a genotoxic risk for humans due to endogenous formation of carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. Nitrite derived from nitrate may react in vivo with amines and amides to form N-nitroso compounds. About 300 N-nitroso compounds (NOCs) have been tested for carcinogenicity in experimental animals
Vegetables contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that might prevent nitrosamine formation (45-47). In the present study, nitrosamine formation did increase during nitrate intake in combination with a fish meal, even though the volunteers consumed vegetables. These vegetables (cauliflower, peas, carrots, green beans) were low in nitrate, and their mean vitamin C content was approximately 17 mg of vitamin C per 100 g vegetables (48). Thus, the amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants in these vegetables appeared insufficient to prevent nitrosamine formation.
In conclusion, nitrate intake at the ADI level in combination with a fish meal containing nitrosatable precursors increased NDMA excretion in urine and therefore implies the risk of increased formation of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines. The results of this study suggest that the risk of formation of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines should be taken into account in the currently used ADI value for nitrate and in the drinking water guideline for nitrate.
Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 106, Number 8, August 1998
Volatile N-Nitrosamine Formation after Intake of Nitrate at the ADI Level in Combination with an Amine-rich Diet Ingrid T.M. Vermeer, Danielle M.F.A. Pachen, Jan W. Dallinga, Jos C.S. Kleinjans, and Jan M.S. van Maanen
Department of Health Risk Analysis and Toxicology, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
3. High dietary nitrate intake may pose a risk to human health. Since up to 80-85% of dietary nitrate intake comes from vegetables, the aim of this study was to determine the absolute bioavailability of nitrate from three nitrate-rich vegetables. In an open, four-way cross-over, single dose study, 12 human subjects underwent the following treatments: (1) intravenous infusion of 500mg sodium nitrate, (2) oral administration of 300g cooked spinach, (3) oral administration of 300g raw lettuce, and (4) oral administration of 300g cooked beetroot. The wash-out period between treatments was at least 6 days. Plasma samples were analysed to assess the nitrate and nitrite concentrations, and pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated. The bioavailability of nitrate was 98+/-12% from cooked spinach, 114+/-14% from raw lettuce and 106+/-15% from cooked beetroot. There was no significant increase in plasma nitrite concentrations. This study shows that nitrate from vegetables, whether cooked or uncooked, is absorbed very effectively, resulting in an absolute nitrate bioavailability of around 100%. Thus, reducing the amount of nitrate in vegetables can be an effective measure to lower the systemic nitrate exposure of the general population. However, other aspects, such as the costs to produce vegetables with a low nitrate content and the possible beneficial effects of nitrate in vegetables, need to be considered when evaluating the usefulness of such a measure.
Source: Toxicol Lett. 2008 Oct 1;181(3):177-81. Epub 2008 Aug 3. LinksThe oral bioavailability of nitrate from nitrate-rich vegetables in humans.
van Velzen AG, Sips AJ, Schothorst RC, Lambers AC, Meulenbelt J.
National Poisons Information Centre, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands. [email protected]
4. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease, but the mechanisms behind this protection are not completely understood. Recent epidemiological studies suggest a cardioprotective action afforded specifically by green leafy vegetables. We here propose that these beneficial effects are related to the high content of inorganic nitrate, which in concert with symbiotic bacteria in the oral cavity is converted into nitrite, nitric oxide, and secondary reaction products with vasodilating and tissue-protective properties.
Source: Nitric Oxide. 2006 Dec;15(4):359-62. Epub 2006 Mar 24. LinksCardioprotective effects of vegetables: is nitrate the answer?
Lundberg JO, Feelisch M, Bjorne H, Jansson EA, Weitzberg E.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet 171 77, Stockholm, Sweden. [email protected]
The mini beet protocal sounds very interesting. I got on the web and started researching beets! My first results: 2 cups of beet juice a day lowers blood pressure.
Feb. 8, 2008 -- Drinking two cups of beet juice a day may reduce blood pressure, a study shows.
The British researchers who conducted the study say the findings add even more weight to the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
That's because beets (known as beetroot in Britain) are loaded with the nutrient nitrate. Spinach, lettuce, and other green, leafy vegetables also have high levels of nitrate.
Previous studies have shown that eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables lowers blood pressure. Antioxidants often get the credit, but several recent studies have suggested that nitrates may play a much bigger role. How nitrates work to lower blood pressure has been more of mystery.
How Nitrates May Lower Blood Pressure
In the study, 14 healthy volunteers drank 500 milliliters (2 cups) of Planet Organic beet juice or water within 30 minutes. The researchers checked the participants' blood pressure every 15 minutes one hour before they drank the juice and every 15 minutes three hours after drinking the beet juice. They also checked every hour to six hours and then at 24 hours after they drank the beet juice.
Compared with the water drinkers, blood pressure dropped one hour after the volunteers drank the beet juice. It reached its lowest point 2.5 to 3 hours after ingestion and continued to have an effect for up to 24 hours.
Here's how it works: Nitrate in the beet juice is converted by bacteria living on the tongue into the chemical nitrite. Once it enters the stomach, it becomes nitric oxide or re-enters the blood stream as nitrite. The researchers found that blood pressure was at its lowest when the nitrite levels in the blood were at their highest.
The nitrites, the researchers write, work by protecting against endothelial dysfunction, which means that blood vessels have trouble expanding or contracting to handle changes in blood flow. They also have anti-platelet properties.
"Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern-day battle against rising blood pressure," says Amrita Ahluwalia, PhD, one of the study's researchers. Ahluwalia is a professor at the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine.
The study is published in the Feb. 4 online edition of the journal Hypertension.
(Vero Beach, Fl)
Thank you PR from Houston, Texas, for the mention of the mini beet protocol. I was so intrigued when you sent us the link a few weeks ago, I decided to start the protocol and create a new page on Earth Clinic! I am hoping many of our readers with juicers will try this too since the mini-beet protocol is reported to cure many ailments. In my case I hope to cure a tough case of nail fungus and severely cracked heels. Had the cracked heels for years, but the fungus has appeared more recently. My topical applications of the remedies on EC for nail fungus have not done much. It's time for internal action!
I followed the MBP instructions exactly today and did my 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small amount of water, followed by a bigger cup of water. I waited 15 minutes while I juiced 1 beet and 5 stalks of asparagus, which yielded 1/3 cup of each (Robert recommendation for the first week). After I quickly drank the juice (didn't taste bad whatsoever, very surprising), I quickly ate an apple and then a carrot. Am happy to report there was no nausea, exactly as Robert reports on his website. I need to make a trip to Whole Foods to buy all organic ingredients soon as asparagus contains one of the highest amounts of pesticides! Our local grocery stores carry organic apples, but not beets or asparagus.
If anyone knows where to buy organic cinnamon in bulk, please send along the recommendation. Thanks!
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
So I am adding a little of lemon juice to the beet juice and I have found that it really does help with the strong and sweet taste of the beets...
Does anyone knows if the lemon juice interferes with the enzymes from the beet juice in a way that the one cancels the other?
Hey Y'all. This is audio's I found by Robert Von Sarbacher. It has some good information on it and also he talks about consuming the beets as a rebuilder instead of just a detox. This is for people who are very sick as they can't handle the massive detox ( HERX ) that comes from the juicing. I have not tried this yet, but I might. I have already done MBP and after about three or four weeks got to the point if I even smelled any of the ingredients I was about to be sick.
I researched a little on other sites and Beets are suppose to be great for us. If you have the time it is very interesting hearing him talk. I actually saved the videos to my favorites and plan on going back and making notes.
There is also one on here where he talks about Biofilms, also very interesting. I could not get just these two videos to post, so the whole you tube page is there. Just click on the two that has How The Mini Beet...... and the other one says How Killing Biofilms Will Eliminate All Disease..... Should be the first two videos on the page. One is an hour and 39 minutes and the other is an hour and two minutes.
Hope Y'all enjoy!
I thought that I would post my experience about the mini beet protocol. I am going into my 3rd week on the mini beet protocol and I have definitely seen some improvements in my health. The first thing that started about day 2 is great digestion and bowel movements. I had suffered from mild forms of constipation for years and now that has lifted. I feel as though I am gaining confidence in my health again. My eye lashes are much longer, my skin color is no longer as pale and my eyes are whitening up more and more each week. My feet are softer as well. My kidney function has improved and my bladder function has improved as well. I have no desire for junk food at all. My cravings for sweets have disappeared. Even when my husband eats carrot cake right in front of me I have no desire at all to even taste it. My legs do not burn walking up hills anymore.
I will say that eating the apples afterward are starting to taste too sweet for me. While I don't get nausea or headaches as some others do, my detox reaction is that my bones get a little sore if I don't eat enough apples. I also combine the mini beet protocol with green pasteures fermented cod liver oil and a parasite cleanse.
I do the mini beet protocol first thing in the morning and go on about the rest of my day eating normally. I do the MBP at about 6am and am very very hungry about 9:30am. I have lost a little weight, however I feel stronger which is usually not the case when I am detoxing. My first meal today after my MBP was pearl barley salad and a sweek baked potato. My lunch is vegan black bean chilli. My dinner will probably be a green veggie smoothie or some type of smoothie. I chew my food very very thorough especially eating that many apples to avoid lots of gas and bloating. In addition the the MBP I have now started putting the beets in my smoothies. My body feels much more relaxed. I am not very restrictive with my diet the rest of the day because I feel as though I eat clean and healthy and balanced so I feel no need to do any type of very restrictive detoxing at this time. I went on the MBP due to extreme allergies to everything I eat. Now I still sneeze after eating and drinking certain things but no where near it was when I started and now I can sleep through the nite. I also eat local Grass Fed Beef Liver a few times a week and I feel uber strong. This is the only meat that I eat, before this I didn't eat anything. I started eating the Beef Liver to get my iron levels up to be able to start the MBP. My iron was up in 3 days time on the beef liver and I just happened to like how great my body felt after eating it that I just kept eating it.
In love and light to all, Yod
I tried the Mini Beet Protocol and have had astounding results from it. First off I used the recipe with Fennel instead of Asparagus (but still ate one apple afterwards) because it's just so much easier!
After a few days I noticed a fog lift from my thinking. I didn't even realize it was there until it was gone. That was such a pleasant surprise, so when the detox started happening just a few days later - I didn't mind at all, knowing it was truly helping me out. Slight headache and a cold was what I got, plus of course the bowel clearing.
After just 3 weeks of the protocol I was cured of Hypothyroidism (got checked by a doctor) and some long-standing skin rashes cleared up.
I also got rid of lots of excess mucus and the thick white coating on my tongue that is said to be caused by candida. The feeling of strength and well-being after drinking the juice is incredible, and the fennel actually makes it taste good. I know the first protocol takes a long time to make and tastes awful to most, but the second one is really easy and tastes a LOT better. This protocol really does help!
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Am excited about trying the MBP. Although this is my second day, I am already experiencing some wonderful "happenings". First off, with-in minutes of downing the MBP concoction.... I sneezed for about three minutes and my nose ran uncontrollably for a few minutes as well. I have been suffering with sinus infection and it has me all plugged up in the mornings upon awakening. I do the MBP first thing.... And.... It seems to be "unplugging" me! This has happened on both my mornings thus far. I found it odd that I would sneeze and get a runny nose after directly drinking the juice on both mornings. Could it be the cinnamon??? I am paying attention and journaling everything that happens to me during my MBP "experience". I am really excited.
This might sound a little bit gross but I have also noticed that just with-in a day of taking the juice, that my bowels are moving better. I have not had very good bowel movements and they tend to appear like little clusters of "rock" formations.... Yesterday evening before retiring for the night, I went to the bathroom and I heard a big PLOP! A "Boulder" fell out!!!! Figure of speech, of course...... Hmmmm.. I'm thinkin'... Must be really plugged up... Both in the Head area, and in the rear!!! Hahaha...... I am beginning to feel the difference already... And, it's only been two days. Looking forward to more Good results.
This protocol is also very filling too. I ate apples and carrots during the day. No cravings. I then ate a nice salad for dinner and am drinking lots of water. I might add that I am going to follow this protocol exactly as directed. To be cont.
(Miami, Fl, Usa)
Multiple Cures Reported
Better But With Side Effects
I did deal with and overcame detox effects from the mbp last year and managed it for 5 months, drinking 1 cup of beet juice with up to 1 cup asparagus juice, 2 apples and 1 medium carrot.
It helped with cellulite, fat around waist and face, energy, and I believe healing /detoxing.
This past October I started again, after having some infected root canals removed. Same source for asparagus and beets. My carrots are local (no pesticides used but fertilized once, because Organic carrots are irradiated at the border) It's been about 5 weeks of the 1 cup beet mbp in the am.
Problem: I'm feeling nauseous right from the ingesting of the cinnamon which continues while downing the juice, and by the time I've eaten the apples and carrot, I have full blown detox symptoms, including a week of stabbing pains in the side of my head! Yet, my sleep is improving, and I sense this powerful detox program is healing my body. I have kidney and liver disease and am noticing stronger kidneys and less pain. I do take one (am) and often a second (pm) coffee enema a day which helps a lot. I've also had 6 ozone injections which has helped the infections. Vitamin C, E, and astaxathan I take daily. My diet is whole foods, gluten and dairy free.
Does anyone have any similar experiences or ideas as to what this could be?
Multiple Cures Reported
Hi! I drank 250 ml of beetroot juice on an empty stomach every morning for about 3 months. I used a green star masticating juicer. I have to say that I did not feel nauseous at all. Initially I did the apple thing afterwards for like a week, but I got tired of it and tried without and I had no problem.
I took a break now to try green juice for a while but occasionally I have beetroot juice.
I noticed on the beetroot juice that I lost tons of fat in places where I never could lose fat before. Also, people would tell me that I looked great and wondered what I had done to look so healthy.
The coolest thing though. I have done Bikram Yoga about 5 times/week for 3 years.
About a month after I started with the juice my flexibility increased exponentially. I all of a sudden could get into a couple of poses that I simply could not get into before. I then read that beetroot juice has a lot of oxalic acid, which supposedly breaks down calcium deposits in your body. Makes sense to me given my miraculous yoga experienced. I mean, I made years of progress in 4 weeks.
However, the most energy boosting thing I have ever tried is eating 3-4 medium sized beetroots raw first thing in the morning. I don't know what happens but it just gives my an insane rush of energy. Scary actually how powerful that is. But it is really time consuming to chew them down.
(Madison, Wi, Usa)
(Wellington, New Zealand)
(Canon City, Colorado)
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I have been doing this up for my husband and myself now for more than a month. Initially, my husband got a sever headache which lasted about 24 hours. Since then, he has been fine. I chose the second simpler protocol in Roberts web site (www.robertvon.com) which was easier but still nutritious. The benefits have been numerous: better skin, digestion & sleep, more energy, feel lighter, am losing weight and walking faster and farther. To be fair, I am doing other things as well, but this is the main thing.
As I read the other entries, I see that other people are having problems. On his website, the second protocol calls for specific amounts. I believe it says:
"Separately measured out : 1 cup of beets juiced, 1 cup of fennel juiced, 1 cup of 50/50 carrot/celery.... That's it!!!! Drink down and eat one apple afterward".
Since my first one, I have had not problems. It is so beneficial that it is worth reading my reference site above for additional information to go with both protocols.
In the mean time ... To our health!
Multiple Cures Reported
Better But With Side Effects
I just started the mini-beet protocol three days ago.
I followed the directions perfectly and within 5 minutes, got hit with horrible nausea. I felt dizzy like I might pass out. Also had a tingeling sensation in my face and head, like a niacin effect. I kept eating my apples and felt things moving in my stomach and the need to poop. So I ran to the potty, with a trash can in my lap (in case I threw up) and kept eating my apple and doing what I thought was a little bit of poop. When I was finished, I saw that the potty was filled! I didn't even realize that was happening! As soon as I finished pooping, the nasea was gone. It all took less than 10 minutes, but I felt like I had just been hit by a truck! Very powerful stuff!
I decided maybe because I only weigh about 120 lbs I should start with less juice. So the next day I only juiced 1/8th a cup of each juice and had no side effects. Today, day 3, I am almost up to 1/4th cup of each juice (1/2 cup total) and still no problems at all. I am still following the protocol perfectly, just with less juice.
One weird thing happened yesterday. I have one, small age spot on my hand. I noticed a white area of skin beside it and began to lightly scratch it. The skin flaked of easily and began bleeding slightly. Today it is healing back and the age spot is gone!
Will post again when I get up to the the full mini-beet protocol juice amount.
Multiple Cures Reported
I tried the mini beet protocol and have nothing but praise for it first my blood sugar went from 11.8 down to 8.4 with in the first 3 days and now it is down to 5.8. I lost 4kg in the first 3 days and now I'm down from 94 kg to 86 kg as of this morning. My girth reading has gone from 118cm to 109.5cm all in all I would totally suggest it from a common sense approach I never felt sick but made sure I ate my apple and carrot as soon as I finished drinking the juice which dosen't taste bad at all. But I will suggest you use a cold press juicer as a friend tried it the protocol as well and didn't notice much at all. But she used one of those juicers that grinds the pulp away and is suppose to destroy certain enzymes.. Kind regards Gary
Multiple Cures Reported
Today is my third day on the mini-beet protocol. I'm using one tsp of cinnamon in about 2 or 3 oz of water, chased by another 2 or 3 oz of water to wash it down. I'm only taking 1/4 cup of beet juice and 1/4 cup of asparagus juice (starting out slowly).
I eat one apple (any kind) and one or two carrots after drinking the juices.
Yesterday morning, the second day on the protocol, I woke up to find my abdomen had noticeably flattened out and a lot of the cellulite I had on there had disappeared. I still have some cellulite, but it is not nearly as much...and this was only the second day.
My lupus (muscle pains) and rheumatoid arthritis have slightly improved, too, with the protocol. Over the past few years, I've lost about 140 lbs, but even when I got up to 600 crunches at the gym, my abdomen just would not budge (the fat and cellulite refused to leave). The mini-beet protocol has helped with that and with other symptoms I have. My fingers turn white or blue (supposedly Raynaud's) whenever I get in the shower or wash my hands (fluoridated water). One month, I stayed at a place with a whole house filter (removes fluoride, chlorine, etc). My fingers STOPPED turning colors and getting so cold.
This mini-beet protocol seems to help with fluoride poisoning, too. My weight loss? It started by using progesterone cream and following a gluten free diet. It's amazing how the carb cravings stopped. I do NOT follow any diet (other than avoiding gluten). I pretty much eat whatever I want. I AVOID diet foods, artificial sweeteners, and processed or "fake" foods. I DO eat fat (NON-hydrogenated coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, usually) - I think this has helped my skin while losing weight. I don't diet, but I make sure I exercise enough to keep my weight down. My heaviest known weight was 313 lbs. I weighed 174 at the doctor office yesterday. I wear a womens size medium. Resistance training helps a lot, too. BTW - I am type 2 diabetic, also. My blood sugars used to run in the 300's. My last reading was 88. I refused to go on insulin (the fat storing hormone that reportedly CAUSES plaquing of the arteries). I didn't see how taking a FAT STORING hormone like insulin would help me to improve when I was still making some insulin of my own. As for the mini-beet protocol, I'll try to make one or two future posts over the next few months on my progress.
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We started MBP and feel remarkably well. Just a side note* we go to our local east indian store and buy the REAL cinnamon sticks from Ceylon, India and grind it because as most of you know the cinnamon at the local grocery in not genuine cinnamon and lacks the required medicinal qualities. We followed most of Robert's instructions, although we increased the dose every five days and I'm not suggesting that others do this. We felt it was safe for us to do, because we've been vegetarians( no meat or fish)for over twenty years, we have a healthy diet, no caffeine, no smoking. Red wine only during the holidays and we eat 75-80% percent raw foods, and we do yoga. In addition to that we have regular colonics and been on a low calorie diet for a long time to slow down aging and decrease illness... we rarely get ill. The reason we adhere to this practice is because when I was in college I was interested in ayurvedic & chinese medicine. So we integrated some of these practices into our life early on.
We started MBP because I suffered an accident at the doctors office that required plastic surgery! Following, that episode I had a strange rash on my neck and some type of strange bumps on face. I thought perhaps it was an hormonal imbalance, the western medical model doctor suggested birth control pills. I declined. After some research, we decided to try MBP six days a week. After one month I've observed the following: my husband's wrinkle's and crow's feet have decreased dramastically; his hair appears darker to me. his eyes look brighter and whiter. For me my acne and rash are gone; my liver spots are fading; my skin is brighter; my eyes are white and bright; the scar tissues and the swelling from my facial surgery both have decreased rapidly because I can finally see the definition. My surgeon mentioned that following surgery for all the swelling to subside, it might take well over a year, but I'm now seeing a dramatic and rapid healing. It is clearly evident that my face is no longer swollen and is becoming clearly defined! I believe MBP expediated the healing process and decreased scar tissue and the swelling. I will report more information at the two month mark.