What’s sweet, antioxidant-rich, and red all over? Delicious and powerful beet juice!
Vitamin filled and nutrient-rich—beets are a good source of folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Fortunately, juicing these fine root veggies still ensures 100% of the nutritious phytonutrients! Beets, and most importantly beet juice, are a low-calorie, heart- healthy superfood that may also help lower blood pressure and protect our livers. Beet juice is also known for its strong blood purifying properties!
Let’s discuss a rare property of beet juice—its performance boosting property. Runners, swimmers, yogis – almost all athletes – hunt far and wide for the perfect booster to help with fatigue and enhance endurance. We’re proud to share that the answer may be as simple as drinking your fruits and veggies, or more specifically, beet juice mixed with other yummy garden produce.
“How does it work?” you might ask.
Nitrate-rich beet juice increases a molecule in the body known as nitric oxide, which allows blood vessels to relax and widen. Consequently, this allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body. This means that more oxygen can reach the brain, heart, and muscles and thus enhance endurance! Other vegetables like spinach, carrots, and radishes are also high in natural nitrates; however, beets are superior.
Now, the word nitrate may sound familiar. Cured meats like hot dogs are known to be high in synthetic nitrates and nitrites, which are often grouped in the carcinogenic category. Nitrites, with an “i,” are known to have cancer-causing properties, but the natural nitrates, with an “a,” found in beets are not harmful to the body, especially because they are coupled with antioxidants that the beet itself provides.
Final Thoughts …
A study by Exeter University found that competitive cyclists who drank half a liter of beet juice before a ride were able to ride 16 percent longer, and cyclists who drank half a liter for six days were 11 seconds faster in a 2.5 mile race and 45 seconds faster in a 10 mile race.
“Meet the Beet” – beet, carrot, apple, orange, celery, and ginger.
“Beet Infusion” – carrot, beet, pear, apple, lemon.
“Beets Plus” – carrot, cucumber, beet, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger, turmeric.