If you haven’t heard about the health benefits of beets, you’re in for a sweet treat (but without all the extra sugar). They’ve been all the rage lately and rightly so. Although they should always be the rage. Beet juice is a great way to add them into your diet.
Beets are commonly associated with a dirt flavor. And that’s sort of true. They’re a root vegetable, meaning they grow underground. Because of that, sourcing organic is very important because the soil health plays such a huge role. Now to the wonderful benefits of beets. We could write 100 pages on all the benefits, but we’ll remove the dirt and keep it short, just sweet enough, and nutritious for your brain. Kind of like beet juice.
1 - Support Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States, even more than cancer. High blood pressure is leading risk factors of heart disease. The better your blood pressure is kept in check, all else equal, the less likely you are to have heart issues.
The reason beets have been shown to lower blood pressure is because of their high dietary nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide pumps oxygen through your blood vessels more effectively, resulting in lower blood pressure.
2 - Fantastic Pre-Workout
Keeping in line with the nitric oxide benefits, it also serves as an incredible pre-work out. The oxygen being pumped through your blood vessels efficiently, 20% more, requires less oxygen through breathing during medium or high intensity workouts. Therefore, you can work out harder without feeling like it. Have some beets 1-2 hours before your workout and you may feel the workout to be a bit easier. Now drink some beets and go crush a work out!
3 - May Support Fighting Inflammation
Being under chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of nearly all diseases. Eating foods that fight inflammation is crucial to your overall health. Betalains, the pigment that makes beets red, has been shown in rat studies to reduce inflammation. Couple it with other anti-inflammatory foods, such as carrots and ginger, and you’re doing your body so much good!
4- Strength Your Immune System
Beets are absolutely full of amazing vitamins and nutrients, which have been shown to strength your immune system. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc, and copper are some of the most abundant vitamins and nutrients in beets!
5- Can Support Liver Cleansing
We hear people tell us all the time they want to cleanse and detox. What’s amazing about the human body is that it is constantly cleansing and detoxing you from heavy metals and other foreign organisms. That charge is led by your kidneys and liver. Eating foods that are effective at cleaning your liver and kidney is the best and most sustainable way to detox.
Beets are loaded with betaines which helps eliminate toxins from your liver. The iron, antioxidants, betaine, and vitamin B in beets also support a healthy liver.