It can be a serious challenge to maintain the delicate homeostatic balance of healthy blood pressure. The balance can be significantly affected by stress, diet, exercise and genetic factors. When blood pressure is consistently above the normal range, there is an increased risk for chronic diseases associated with the cardiovascular system, brain, kidney and other important organs and tissues. Fortunately, nature has given us effective nutrients to help us, such as magnesium and beet root. Several studies have shown that beet root may support normal, healthy blood pressure by virtue of its high levels of bioavailable nitrite, which can be converted easily to nitric oxide. It’s nitric oxide that helps blood vessels relax and expand, which can lead to lower blood pressure. Magnesium is also critical for the relaxation of the smooth muscle that controls the expansion and contraction of blood vessels. It’s also important for maintaining a healthy balance of sodium and potassium.