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Eat Beets...

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Beets (sometimes called beetroot) and beet juice help heart health and provide performance boosts to athletes by increasing levels of artery-relaxing nitric oxide. Relaxed arteries mean increased blood flow, which means better athletic performance. Russian and Eastern European countries’ teams have long treated their top athletes to beet stew/soup/borscht during training sessions and before competitions. American athletes finally picked up on that and have been doing it for a while, too.


But in addition to improved performance, there are many health boosts from beets and beet juice. The phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color have powerful anti-cancer properties, boost the immune system and help cleanse the liver. And now research has found that for seniors, drinking beet juice before working out may significantly increase exercise’s brain-boosting effects.


A recent study looked at 26 participants, mean age 65, who had a shot of beetroot juice one hour before a moderately intense, 50-minute treadmill workout. Those folks showed greater connectivity between the somatomotor cortex, a brain region associated with motor function, and the insular cortex, a brain region associated with cognitive functioning. The researchers said test subjects “had brain networks that more closely resembled those of younger adults.”


Source: http://www.kansas.com/living/health-fitness/article150528442.html
 

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This is a good bit of information. Thanks for sharing it. The benefits of beetroot aren't a secret but it's always nice to hear its pronounced results that are actually motivating.

I am not a fan of beetroot to be honest but I do try to gobble it down whenever available just in the name of health.
 

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Pretty cool info indeed. I've tried it and it's not the most tasty thing I've eaten, but given the benefits I might give it another go.
 

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I love beets! I dont get them much anymore! Guess i will have to put them on the groceries list!
 

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I see that eating your beets can have many healthy benefits for your body, but this is one vegetable that I really don't eat enough of. I would like to try them roasted with some goat cheese sometime, and I find that beets are very good for your blood pressure also. These beets improve your stamina because of the nitrates in them and beets are great for your liver- they say an amino acid called betaine can help with the accumulation of fat in the liver, and besides they have a lot of fiber in them also.
 

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I don't remember eating beets in my adult years. Maybe because it is expensive and we don't know how to prepare it. But I agree that it is good for the body because root crops are generally beneficial to athletes. Aside from taro and sweet potato, we also have Yakon which is a root crop that tastes like turnips. It is cruncy and sweet. Back to beets, maybe I have been eating that when we order vegetable salad in the restaurant but I am not aware of it.
 
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