Beets aren’t a very buzzword around the health world, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t healthy. They just aren’t something that is super trendy and we kinda like it. The fact that beets aren’t all that glamorous or trendy, means they will probably stick around. I mean, I personally think beets are a gorgeous color but I will be the first to admit that they aren’t my most favorite thing to eat. Just a bit too earthy to the taste I guess, but I do love juicing them, as their color is just jaw dropping good! So what is the real skinny (or healthy benefits) of beets? Well, let’s take it even another step further and discuss beet root powder (that way we can just skip over the not so pleasant taste of beets).
Beets have been known for decades to be food that protects the liver. The benefit we really sunk our teeth into for our product, POW was that research has shown that beetroot juice helps the body respond better to exercise. It does this by balancing oxygen use and increasing stamina.
“Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. ***Nitrates are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body – including the brain, heart, and muscles. These natural nitrates increase a molecule in the blood vessels called nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and allows more oxygen flow as well as lower blood pressure.” – Dr. Oz
Check out some of the other health benefits of beetroot juice –
Beets Help Lower Blood Pressure
Beet Juice is Detoxifying
Beets Protect from Premature Aging
Beets May Help Protect You from Cancer
Drinking Beetroot Juice Can Help Improve Digestion
Beet Juice Fights Inflammation
Beet Juice Boosts Energy
If you find yourself dragging through your workouts, POW is your answer. In one study, people who drank beet juice just prior to working out were able to push their workouts 16% longer.
Beet Juice Can Lower Blood Sugar
Beet Juice Can Improve Sexual Performance
May help reduce the pain of arthritis
May help cognitive function
May help eyesight (especially if you juice the greens)
***Cured foods like hot dogs and bacon are known to be high in nitrites, which are known cancer-causing compounds. Beets, spinach, and radishes all have naturally occurring nitrates, which will convert to nitrites during digestion in your body. These naturally occurring versions are not harmful to the body and are very safe when they are eaten with the wonderful natural antioxidants that beets and radishes also provide.***