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Could a beetroot a day keep the doctor at bay?

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A QUT study is underway to discover whether beetroot juice could be a new ‘superfood’ to improve vascular health, including blood coagulation and boosting immune cells, in older people.

Dr Oliver Neubauer, from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, is seeking healthy men and women aged between 60 and 70 to take part in the world-first project. All they have to do is have blood samples taken before and after drinking beetroot juice.

“Beetroot juice is naturally rich in nitrate and recent discoveries have shown the benefits of dietary nitrate to humans,” Dr Neubauer said.

“Dietary nitrate elicits anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulative and anti-thrombotic effects, all of which are beneficial for the health of blood vessels.

“Our study is the first to investigate the immediate effects of beetroot juice on factors affecting vascular health, particularly blood clotting, the body’s immune cells characteristics, blood pressure and inflammatory issues in mature-aged people.

“The research will provide us with important information on the potential for a lifestyle-based intervention involving beetroot juice to prevent some age-associated diseases, preserve the function of blood vessels and promote healthy ageing.”

Dr Neubauer said he was looking for men and women between 60 and 70 in a normal weight range with no evidence of acute...

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