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THE CALMING INFLUENCE OF BEETROOT

Beetroot juice got huge plaudits when it was proved to REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE. Now new research shows it could also HELP TO CONTROL HEART RATE in people with heart disease. How? The nitrates in beetroot dilate blood vessels, so reduce blood pressure, and it’s believed they could also lower activity of the sympathetic nervous system (this activates our fight-or-flight response), which becomes over-stimulated in people experiencing heart problems. The research now needs to be replicated on a larger scale to see if a daily glass of beetroot juice is worth adding to your list of heart-healthy foods. Stay tuned for updates…

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Weight loss slowed? Find out if your diet is making you fat – and the solutions that work. Nip high cholesterol in the bud with our expert tips on keeping yours low, and find out how to make eating out a breeze if you're gluten free. Plus, we reveal this year’s nutritionally-approved products in the 2017 Healthy Food Guide Awards. Find all this, plus tried-and-tested recipes and our new-look diet planner, in the July issue.
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