Fibromyalgia Association of Sweden
Pilot Study on the Effects of Beetroot Juice on Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Together with one of our local associations, Medical Doctor (M.D.) Olle Haglund has conducted a pilot study regarding the effects of beetroot juice on fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Haglund’s theory is that fibromyalgia interrupts the body’s production of nitric oxide, and that symptoms may be relieved by adding this to your diet. An efficient way of doing this is to drink raw juice of beetroot. The study used raw juice of beetroot mixed with either pomegranate or lingonberry (cowberry). The participants were divided into two groups, and assigned to drink either one of the juices. After drinking 0, 75 dl of the juice morning and evening daily for 2 months, both groups experienced reduced pain, and increased energy. Both groups also demonstrated reductions in the amount of free radicals. Other notable effects that is worth mentioning; reduction of the proteins AGE (Advanced Glycation end Product), reduced inflammation in the blood, reduced vascular stiffness, and lowered blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic.
The juice used in the study was provided by the juice manufacturer WellNOx.