Beets are the new super food for athletes. Below is a great video that highlights how and why beets are being eaten by top level athletes to naturally increase their endurance. The active ingredient responsible for these benefits are nitrates. Research has show that nitrates are converted by the body into nitric oxide. This occurs rapidly and without some of the limitations associated with L-arginine conversion. The scientific research actually is quite compelling with benefits being found for not just athletes but also for high blood pressure.
I recommend you include beets are part of your daily diet but as the video says your urine and stool can become pinky-red. Don't panic, this is a Below is a great veggie juice recipe that tastes great and gives you a real blood flow boost.
Carrot, beet juice boost
8 organic carrots, washed and peeled
1 organic beet, washed and peeled
1 large organic apple, washed
1 small piece of raw ginger, peeled
juice all ingredients together
For more beet juice info check out the video and references below
A Single Dose of Beetroot Juice Enhances Cycling Performance in Simulated Altitude.
Beetroot juice and exercise: pharmacodynamic and dose-response relationships.Inorganic nitrate and beetroot juice supplementation reduces blood pressure in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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