Just Beet It: Nature's 'Farmacy'

January 26, 2015 6:47 PM

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For most of us, our daily choices for nutrition have veered so far from the farm that a connection between nature and health seem distant. Until 60 years ago there were shopping lists, not carry-out orders, and backyard gardens were common. Our health has suffered in the intervening decades, and we have paid a price for convenience. So it is refreshing to be reminded that you don't have to pull health out of a hat, but just out of the ground.

This week researchers in England assembled two groups of patients. Half had high blood pressure and were on medications and half had high blood pressure and were about to be placed on medications. The two groups were given a drink in a blinded study that either contained about 8 ounces of beet juice...

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