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    • #14560
      Kathleen Sheffer
      Participant

      beetroot juice

      Did you miss our post about the BEET-PH trial? This small study experimented with the effects of beetroot juice for just one week. Although the intervention did not induce major changes, the slight improvements are “highly relevant to this patient population as it indicates that ingestion of beetroot juice is associated with a greater efficiency in terms of power output per liter of O2 [oxygen] consumed.”

      I think this natural supplement is definitely worth trying. I would love it if a couple of our forums members would take it on and report back on how they feel! Anyone up for this? Message me if you’d like more details.

    • #14565
      Vanessa Vaile
      Participant
    • #14588
      Jimi Mcintosh
      Participant

      I consume beets and occasionally drink the juice. I would love to see a longer study, before raiding the grocery store. My grandfather lived to be 102, he was doing something that I failed to
      Make note of

      • #14591
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Hey Jimi,
        I had aunts in my family that lived to be almost 100. They had such natural and old remedies for things that actually worked. When they were alive it was as if everything could be cured with some homemade soup and hot tea! Wish I got some advice from them while they were still here.

    • #14597
      Anthony Collins
      Participant

      I am speaking from long personal experience of the beneficial effects of beetroot. It is also past personal experience because there can be a most undesirable downside to consuming it. The oxalates in beetroot can promote kidney stone formation. That alone calls for moderation. The risk could be heightened in any PAH patients who might already have renal dysfunction or who might be on prescription medications that also have a tendency to cause kidney stones.

      • #14604
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Good point Anthony! I have a history of kidney conditions like reflux of the kidneys and have had lots of bladder issues throughout my life. I need to be closely monitored with the lasix I take and I wonder if it would make someone more at risk for kidney complications if they were on medications similar to lasix?

      • #14850
        Kathleen Sheffer
        Participant

        Eeek! Thank you for bringing up this potential adverse effect.

    • #14847
      Kaye Norlin
      Participant

      Hi All,
      there is always an abundance of Beet juice in my house. My husband runs and drinks it everyday. I drink it too and I love to eat beets! We get our Superbeets from Humann online. if you try them, get a good supply since a lot of these products questionably regulated. You can also drink beetroot soup or juice- available in most larger chain stores or at health food stores. I did drink beet juice regularly when I had PH since I had no measurable Nitric Oxide in my body at one point (when I crashed). After that I think I was too far gone for it to make a lot of difference but I still drank it, cooked with it, etc. I am still here since I hung on long enough to get my transplant.
      I use beetroot powder for making my own corn beef- for a little color and I don’t use salt. I also use it instead pf red dye in red velvet cake, frosting, etc.

      • #14851
        Kathleen Sheffer
        Participant

        Thanks for your tips on where to get beets and different ways to incorporate it into a diet!

      • #14854
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Hi Kaye!
        Thanks for all the tips! I would have never thought about incorporating it into these recipes for extra color. It’s like a creative way to add something healthy in! My mom loves beets. I always have a problem with eating them because the way they look doesn’t go along with the flavor lol! But mixing them into something else or even blending them into a smoothie might be really good! Have you ever made smoothies with it? Any good combination of things in one that I should try ?

    • #14866
      V.R. Peterson
      Participant

      Please be careful if you’re on Warfarin. While there is definitely more Vitamin K in the greens, there is also some in the root. While this doesn’t preclude eating beets, you may need to adjust your dosage if you’re on an anticoagulant that works by inhibiting Vitamin K.

      • #14868
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Good point about this ! There are definitely medications that limit what we are able to eat and what they interact with or react poorly to. I remember if I ate anything gralefruit with a particular medication I was on it immediately upset my stomach! I would recommend people to check their medications and even ask a pharmacist what to avoid for food with certain medications!

      • #14917
        Kathleen Sheffer
        Participant

        I didn’t even think of that! @mamabear007 I didn’t know beets had vitamin K.

        Update: If you want to try this supplement, be sure to do so with regularity and have your INR checked soon after you start it.

    • #14924
      Vanessa Vaile
      Participant

      Don’t forget borscht — great hot or cold. Medications classified nitrates are counter-indicated for tadalfil. I asked my PH team if that includes natural nitrate sources like beets (a good question they said) but haven’t gotten an answer yet.

      • #14927
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Vanessa,
        I wish they were able to give you some explanation. I’d be interested in the science behind it. I hope you continue to take care of yourself how you have been. You give me lots of encouragement and strength.

        • #15159
          Vanessa Vaile
          Participant

          @brittany-foster, I asked my PH Team on one of their calls (they take turns calling to monitor since I’m an outpatient a 2 1/2 hour drive away from the PH Center). The PH Nurse Practitioner said that was a good question and she’d check. I haven’t heard back, so it may have fallen between the cracks. I started eating beets (which I’ve always liked) anyway with no reactions.

        • #15186
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          Vanessa,
          Keep us updated. I hope they get back to you. I always wish I had more direct contact with my doctors (vs always going through their secretary and just waiting for a call back!) That can be such a hassle !

    • #15149
      Stephannie Baker
      Participant

      wow, seems very interesting. I mostly leave out beetroot cause I never liked it as a child either but now that you have mentioned it. I would like to

      • #15155
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Stephannie,
        let us know what you think and how you incorporate it into your diet ! I’d love to hear more about it if you’re just starting to try this.

    • #15476
      Kaye Norlin
      Participant

      I have been out of touch for a while but I can give you some recipes if you like. I also fix Harvard beets for me since family won’t eat them; they are sweet and delicious. I have had beet burgers and used them in smoothies. let me know if you want some recipes.

      • #15484
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Kaye,
        The beet burgers sound fabulous ! Could you link the recipe for that? I also like to do smoothies. Are the frozen when you blend them up? Would love to know more!

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