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Drinking a cup of nitrate-rich beetroot juice each day significantly lowered blood pressure in people with hypertension, according to a new report. Over the course of four weeks, subjects' systolic blood pressure (the top number, which measures the pressure in arteries as the heart beats) dropped by about 8 points, while diastolic BP (the bottom number, which measures pressure between beats) decreased 2 to 5 points. Why? The body converts nitrate to nitric oxide, which relaxes arteries and improves blood flow.