Health Healthier arteries are just a heart-beet away.

Healthier arteries are just a heart-beet away.

A shot of beetroot juice gives your arteries a bloody good boost, research from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found.

The humble root vegetable increases blood flow, reduces arterial stiffness and improves nitrate absorption nine-fold.

With cardiovascular disease on the rise, scientists have been keeping up the pressure on investigations into natural therapies.

One of the reasons the risk of cardiovascular disease increases with old age is that the body finds it harder to tap into naturally-occurring nitric oxide.

But beetroot is the dietary kick-start the body needs to absorb more of that blood-pumping goodness, lead author Meegan Walker says.

Previous studies have linked beetroot with better exercise performance, but the USC study is the first to explain why.

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