Beet root has an unusually high level of nitrates – which has been shown to boost both blood flow and stamina. A research team from Queen Mary’s University in London (2010) and at the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne Australia (2012) both found that a glass of beet juice lowered blood pressure “significantly” for several hours.
Sport scientists at the University of Exeter in the UK found that two 2.5 oz shots of beet
juice taken two-and-a-half hours before exercising decreased the body’s oxygen consumption by as much as 3 %, thereby increasing the athlete’s stamina.
Wake Forest Translations Science Center in North Carolina found that consuming beet juice improved blood flow to the brain – and the frontal lobe in particular. Since this is the region of the brain most affected in dementia patients, the consuming beets for their nitrate content and concomitant increase in brain blood flow may be of benefit.
In summary, if you are in need of a boost in energy, either physically or mentally, add beets to your smoothies in the morning!
Until next time…