The best time to drink beetroot juice for COPD patients

In a study, subjects who were diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) consumed concentrated beetroot juice. After a period of 24 hours, the subjects were administered with a placebo (a substance which does not work), and the concentration of beetroot juice in their blood was measured. The concentration of beetroot juice in their blood increased from 50 milligrams per liter to 75 milligrams per liter within 24 hours.

The subjects who consumed concentrated beetroot juice did not have any side effects that could be distinguished from placebo. This suggests that the effect of concentrated beetroot juice is not due to its sweet taste but is because it has strong medicinal effects.

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The benefits of drinking beetroot juice at night for COPD patients

I was quite surprised to see this on my news feed this morning. I actually didn’t know that beetroot juice is beneficial for COPD sufferers. Beetroot, or Morus alba, is a botanical native to India that’s been used for thousands of years as a medicinal root. In the past it’s been used to treat coughs and asthma, but now research has shown the health benefits of drinking it at night (as well as during the day) to help you sleep better.

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A team of researchers from the University of Leicester has found that a juice mix containing concentrated beetroot leaves can improve sleep quality for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a medical condition that causes breathing problems.

The research, led by Professor Simon Gait, was carried out on patients suffering from COPD who also had sleep apnoea, a condition in which the airway collapses during sleep.

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The participants were given two different juices: one with beetroot juice and one with beetroot juice flavoured with apple concentrate. The second group was given apples flavoured with apple concentrate. All three groups consumed the juice at a set time each day over a period of 22 days.

Some participants were given the beetroot juice with apple concentrate and some were given apple concentrates and the remaining half were given just apples flavoured with concentrate.

It was found that only those who drank beetroot juice concentrated with apple concentrate woke up feeling more rested than those in the control group. All three groups also felt less tired when they woke up compared to before they started drinking the juices – suggesting that increasing levels of nitric oxide (a natural chemical produced by plants) can increase levels of REM sleep, which is believed to be important for sleeping well at night, as well as waking up feeling rested.

One member of the team told us: “Our results show for the first time that drinking beetroot (or any other food rich in nitric oxide) could be helpful to those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is because it increases your natural production of nitric oxide.”

The researchers believe their findings could help to prevent COPD and its complications but are not yet sure whether it would work on children or adolescents because sugar-rich foods may be more suitable for them than vegetables rich in nitric oxide”.

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