Scientists may have found a fruit or vegetable in the nightshade family consumed in many cultures with a potential in reducing the risk and protected against CVD.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of conditions associated with the heart and blood vessels.
The causes of cardiovascular diseases are associated with the accumulation of plaques in the arteries, impeding the blood flow which carries the nutrients and oxygen to the heart, causing damage to the heart tissue and reduced function of the arteries.
In other words, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, weight, depression and family history associated with the early onset of plaques accumulated and impeding function of the arteries are the prevalent risk factors of cardiovascular diseases.
According to the statistic cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the US with 90% of women having one risk factor.
Beet is best known as the beetroot or garden beet, belonging to the amaranth family.
The perennial plant with leafy stems can grow to 2 m tall.
Besides the major chemical constituents betalains and phenolics, beet also contains a lesser amount of isobetanin, probetanin, neobetanin, indicaxanthin, vulgaxanthins, etc.
In the finding, a fruit or vegetable which process a function in reducing blood pressure (BP) and the risk of adverse cardiovascular events, researchers at the Queen Mary University of London conducted an experiment to examine the effect of beet juice in risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Dr.Webb AJ, the lead author said, "the beneficial effects of a vegetable-rich (beet juice) diet and highlights the potential of a "natural" low-cost approach for the treatment of cardiovascular disease".
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(1) Acute blood pressure lowering, vasoprotective, and antiplatelet properties of dietary nitrate via bioconversion to nitrite By 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.(PubMed)
(2) Vascular effects of dietary nitrate (as found in green leafy vegetables and beetroot) via the nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway by Lidder S, Webb AJ.(PubMed)
(3) Cardiovascular disease risk factors in relation to smoking behaviour and history: a population-based cohort study by Jaana Keto,1,2 Hanna Ventola,2,3 Jari Jokelainen,1,4 Kari Linden,5Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi,1 Markku Timonen,1 Tero Ylisaukko-oja,1,2 and Juha Auvinen. (PMC)