Beets are a concentrated source of nutrition! They provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying effects due to their richness in potassium, iron, magnesium, boron, folic acid, manganese, Vit B, C & A. Beets are great for pregnant women due to their high iron and B Vit content. Beets help to purify your blood and your liver and prevent various forms of cancer.
IMPROVED STAMINA, MUSCLE FUNCTION & CARDIAC FUNCTION
Recently discovered, beets aid muscle recovery and also preserve muscle function as we age! This is due to the naturally occurring nitrates, which are converted into Nitric Oxide in your body. NO is most beneficial to the heart, which one could argue, is the most important muscle in the body.
Beet juice can increase muscle speed and power by up to 13% and stamina up to 16%. Juicing a beet 2 hours before a workout provides your muscle with the nitric oxide needed for optimal performance. This is not only great news for athletes, but also for persons with cardiac trauma (history of heart attack, cardiac disease or heart failure.)
INCREASE SEX DRIVE AND DECALCIFY PINEAL GLAND
And if you aren’t sold yet, beets also improve sexual stamina! One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. Boron also helps decalcify the pineal gland, which is part of the endocrine system and also helps to regulate sleep.
BEET JUICE FOR COGNITIVE FUNCTION
Drinking beet juice daily for 4 weeks can improve brain function. This is also due to nitric oxide, which helps transport blood to the white matter in the brain. Blood flow to the brain decreases with age, which in turn leads to dementia and decreased cognitive function. For best results in cognitive function, drink beet juice in the morning with breakfast!
BEET JUICE LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE!
One study showed that within hours of drinking one 8 oz glass of beet juice, systolic BP dropped by up to 5 points. Imagine what could happen if you consumed it daily?! Another study showed that drinking beet juice daily for a month reduced arterial stiffness. That is really great for anyone with heart issues an d for all of us who want to keep our arteries supple and smooth.
BEETROOT FOR INFLAMMATION
Beets are also a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. Environmental stress can lead to inflammation and betaine is well known for fighting inflammation. It also protects internal organs, improves vascular function and can help prevent numerous chronic diseases. Beetroot extract is currently being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
BEETS CAN INDICATE LOW OR HIGH STOMACH ACID
If your pee turns pink after eating beets, it indicates that you have low stomach acid. If it is clear, you have high stomach acid. Stomach acid is our friend as it is critical in the breakdown of foods and assimilation of nutrients. Too low and we can experience diarrhea or constipation. Too high and we can experience acid reflux. Beets are clearly a superior vegetable that really does prove that food can be medicine. As I said, you can’t BEET it