Blood vessel de-clogger


It IS known that nitrite-rich food, such as beetroot, improve blood flow and are good for the heart. But how this happens was not clear. A study shows that nitrite works as a signal to haemoglobin, found in red blood cells, to form nitric oxide. This reduces platelet activation which causes blood clots. Researchers now aim to enhance this ability of haemoglobin to treat conditions such as hypertension, sickle cell disease and stroke.


Down To Earth, January 2015