Olympic athletes are really “into” beet juice due to its boost of power due to the compound nitric oxide (NO) contained in beet root.
Eating more foods with the amino acid L- citrulline or l-arginine; such as greens or lemons, helps conversion in body to nitric acid. This in turn increase your energy production.
Nitric acid in beet juice or powder helps dilate and widen arteries for easier blood flow and increases oxygen rich blood to flow to your cells resulting in greater energy! Imagine this all surging thru your blood and muscles and increasing circulation, normalizing blood pressure and decreasing inflammation.
As you age, especially after your 40’s, NO can become critically low. Japanese researchers have found a 75% decline in NO in their studies and confirm this decline is what “ages” us!
Athletes use beet juice when in competition to get an edge, legally! Especially in sports that need fast oxygen intake, like swimmers, runners and cyclists for they experience significant boosts of power, in some cases 2-3% faster.
In the world of competition or the Olympics, a 3% improvement can mean the difference between winning a bronze , silver or gold medal! So it’s no wonder that athletes are getting “juiced up” on beets, to boost stamina and endurance.
Beets also contain high folic acid, potassium, betaine, phenols and nitrates (good one). They also have more magnesium, carotene, iron, phosphorus and Vitamins A,B and C, it is a super-food!
If you combine Beet juice with Hawthorn, a nitric oxide rich herb, you have a super antioxidant blend of polyphenols to help you. I do recommend you use organic and non-GMO beets, due to the very high % of beets grown with Genetically Modified Seeds (GMO) in this country!
Other exciting tidbits about beets:
Betaine contained in beets is known to shield against liver disease by lessening fatty acid deposits.
Nitric oxide in Beet juice helps to relief joint pain and protects skin damage
Boron in beets assists production of sex hormones
Nitric oxide in beets may benefit erectile dysfunction
Beets were considered an aphrodisiac in ancient Rome
Best way to use beet juice, recommend 1-2 cups of juice daily (if you are in sports of course use higher amt.) or mix beet root powder with juice or water, it has its on natural sweet flavor.
Or my favorite way is to mix it with my morning smoothie; adding beet juice or powder to my protein fruit and omega 3 smoothie tastes great!