I need me some beets. I read on some internet-wacko site that beet juice has been shown to reduce blood pressure, enough so that 250 mL of beet juice gave the same effect as prescription medication. So last night, I ate a serving of pickled beets (right out of the jar, no plate required) and this morning TA-DA! 122/77!
Of course, last night it was still 142/104, so I assume the beets had not entered my system quite yet.
I am sure the effects of the purple plant are temporary, though, so I gotta raid my mom's pantry for all her pickled beets. And make some of my own!