The heart is crucial to your overall health, as it’s used to pump blood all around the body, said the NHS.
Blood works as a delivery system for oxygen, so it reaches organs around the body.
Taking some supplements could lower the risk of some heart-related health conditions.
Beetroot juice supplements could lower your risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, it’s been claimed.
A glass of beetroot juice every day could “significantly” lower your risk of hypertension, said charity the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
It’s caused by nitrates, which are found in beetroot juice, and other leafy green vegetables.
Nitrates provide a long-lasting reduction in blood pressure - similar to that of common medications, it said.
Supplementing nitrates in your diet can be a simple and effective way to manage high blood pressure, the charity added.
“This research has proven that a daily inorganic nitrate dose can be as effective as medical intervention in reducing blood pressure and the best part is we can get it from beetroot and other leafy green vegetables,” said Queen Mary University’s Professor Amrita Ahluwalia.
“For those looking to work dietary nitrate into their daily diets, the trick is not to boil the vegetables – as dietary nitrate is water soluble – but steaming, roasting or drinking in a juice all has a positive effect.”
Just 250ml a day of beetroot juice was enough to lower blood pressure, scientists revealed.
The BHF’s Senior Research Advisor, Dr Shannon Amoils, added: “This interesting study builds on previous research by this team and finds that a daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension – even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment.
“The possibility of using a natural product, rather than another pill, to help lower blood pressure, is very appealing.
“The trial is, however small, and the next step will be to see if this result can be repeated in a much larger group of people with high blood pressure and over a longer period of time.”
Lowering the risk of high blood pressure could also lower your chances of heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease.
About 70,000 people die from heart disease every year in the UK, revealed charity Heart UK.
The condition is caused by the heart’s blood supply suddenly becoming blocked, usually due to a build-up of fatty substances.
Common heart disease symptoms include chest pain, heart failure, and even heart attacks.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs of heart disease, or if you think you may be at risk.