Beets aren’t the most popular vegetable, but they do have definite health benefits. In fact, a preliminary study from Wake Forest University shows that drinking a beetroot juice could help older brains function more efficiently.
Researchers from Wake Forest University are studying the effect beetroot supplements have on older adults. Their preliminary findings are that taking a beetroot juice supplement before working out can make the brain of older adults “perform more efficiently, mirroring the operations of a younger brain.” The beetroot supplement contains a high level of dietary nitrate, which is eventually converted into nitric oxide. The nitric oxide helps increase blood flow throughout the body and helps deliver more oxygen to the brain.
Beetroot can do a lot more than keep your mind young and healthy—it can also ensure that the rest of your body ages gracefully. Beetroots are high in folate, manganese, and potassium, which can help with high blood pressure and protect against heart disease. Beetroots can also help with digestion and boost stamina.
Would you like to see if beetroot provides you with similar benefits? Discuss beetroot supplements with your doctor. You can also try incorporating more beetroot into your diet. Listed below are just a few beetroot juices you can enjoy before your next workout.
- Ginger-Beet juice. This juice recipe from EatingWell calls for an orange, kale leaves, an apple, a carrot, fresh ginger, and a large beet. The kale leaves will add additional vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K to your juice. You can find the recipe here.
- Beet-le juice. This POPSUGAR recipe includes an apple, a lemon, two celery stalks, a handful of spinach, and one beet. In addition to the nutrients in the beets, the spinach and the celery can give your body an extra dose of vitamin A and vitamin K. Further instructions are listed here.
- Pomegranate beet juice. If you’re a big fan of pomegranate than you’ll love this juice. This recipe from Pumps and Iron includes carrots, half an apple, half a lemon, pomegranate seeds, and a medium-sized beet. The pomegranate seeds are high in fiber and vitamin K, which can also help with arthritis and joint pain.