Beets are regarded as a "superfood" for enumerable reasons. The science is catching up as to why they have been regarded as "mystical" foods by ancient cultures.
Increases exercise endurance and muscle power: Athletes at the London Olympics drank it for peak performance, U.S. marathoner Ryan Hall drinks a shot to improve his run time, even Auburn's football team swears by the red stuff for a pre-game elixir. The idea is this: Beetroot juice is packed with nitrates, which allows your muscles to perform the same amount of work while using less oxygen, making your body's energy production more efficient, and increasing your blood flow capacity.
Anti-inflammatory: studies show beet juice has more significant anti-inflammatory effect than many rival synthetic drugs including Ibuprofen, Vioxx and Celebrex. Better yet, beets come without the increased risk of stomach ulcers.
Mood enhancer: beets contain betaine and tryptophan, both of which are shown to enhance mood. The brain uses the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter largely responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being.
Heart protective: Decreases blood pressure in people with abnormally elevated pressures, and improves arterial function which increases blood circulation.
Protects against obesity and diabetes: polyphenol- rich beetroot juice decreases blood glucose and insulin rise after a meal, which means less fat storage and less diabetes.
Lowers cholesterol: high cholesterol is linked with many poor outcomes including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Lowering cholesterol may help protect against these serious conditions.
Kidney protective: studies show regular beet juice consumption improves kidney function, likely due to the high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and protection against high blood pressure and diabetes, the leading causes of kidney disease.
Nature’s Viagra: beets were touted by ancient Romans to “create amorous feelings” and they adorn the walls of brothels in the ancient lost city of Pompeii. Scientifically speaking, the vasodilating properties of beets work similarly to Viagra. Thus it is not recommended to take high doses of beet juice with any erectile dysfunction medication. They also contain high amounts of boron, a trace mineral which increases the level of sex hormones in the human body.
By Elixir Shots
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