High blood pressure is a classic symptom for those of us with heart-damaging PCOS. But unusually high nitrate levels in beetroot apparently help reduce blood pressure, according to a ten-year British study.
Nitrates create nitric oxide, a very powerful substance which is continually made by blood vessels to keep blood pressure low.
However, production of nitric oxide can falter, with a rise of blood pressure levels as a result, which is why beetroot provides a much-needed boost.
Nitric oxide is also made in large quantities by white cells in the bloodstream to fight infection, so a nitrate boost from beetroot also has this beneficial effect.