Charred, roasted, boiled, pickled, or juiced, beets are a root vegetable that offer a wealth of cooking and nutritional needs. Here at BRU, we love the complex earthy flavor fresh-pressed beets provide when combined with our rich, organic chicken bone broth. Not to mention the bright red color - lycopene - that screams HAPPINESS!
Beets offer great flavor to any clean eating regimen. But the key to a well-balanced, sustainable, and effective healthy lifestyle? Nutritional power, of course!
Below we list the top 5 health benefits your body reaps when drinking fresh-pressed beet juice.
Beets lower high blood pressure.
Beets are rich in nitrates, which the body converts to nitric oxide—a compound that relaxes and dilates blood vessels for better circulation, A 2008 study published in Hypertension found that those who drink beet juice had a 10 mmHg (the millimeters of Mercury used to measure blood pressure) drop in blood pressure and less blood clotting three hours later, compared to those who drank water. Beet juice also contains a heavy dose of nutrients like potassium and calcium that when combined with the protein-packed power of bone broth, become major components to maintaining a healthy blood pressure rate.
Beets improve athletic performance.
It’s true. The same nitrates responsible for lowering your blood pressure work in the same way to increase vasodilation. This process, as documented in point 1 above, occurs when your blood vessels relax, open, and increase oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles. The more efficient your body is in vasodilation, the more efficient it is with the removal of catabolic waste products that cause fatigue like ammonia and lactic acid. As one scientific study stated “These biomarker improvements indicate that supplementation with beetroot juice could have ergogenic effects on cardiorespiratory endurance that would benefit athletic performance.” But do know that peak nitrate levels occur two to three hours after you eat or drink beet juice, so time your BRU accordingly if your want to dominate your workout.
Beets fight off heart disease.
Beets are rich in betalains, a class of potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. These guys are known to battle free radical and inflammation-related chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, and possibly cancer. Beet root also contains the alkaloid betaine, an amino acid that can help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver while decreasing cholesterol. One study showed that the combination of this amino acid and B-vitamin folate can lower blood levels of homocysteine, and reduce the risk for artery damage and heart disease,too.
Beets boost sexuality.
Beets have long been considered an aphrodisiac. Part of this stems from the fact that beets contain significant levels of the mineral boron, which stimulates the production of sexual hormones. Boron also helps the body metabolize and use estrogen in women, and increases testosterone levels in men. The ancient Romans actually ate beets before a big battle because of this, since it helped them men fight and stay alert. Couple this with the positive effects nitrates have on blood flow, and beetroot juice will really give you something to blush about!
Beets detoxify the liver.
The liver is an organ that removes harmful toxins from the body, making it possible to feel good without experiencing the harmful side effects that these toxins can cause. Remember that little amino acid called Betaine? Well, it also encourages the liver cells to get rid of toxins while helping to protect it and bile ducts (the passageways that move the fluid secreted by the liver to digest fats) so the liver can function properly. The Betalains found in beetroot, as well as in other red and yellow pigments of vegetables and fruits, submit their potent anti-inflammatory properties and encourage the detoxification process, as well.
Sip warm. Feel Good.
The BRU Cru