Thursday, January 15, 2015

Benefits of Beetroot Juice

In the February 2014 issue of the Natural Medicine Journal, author Jacob Schor discusses a study looking at beetroot juice consumption and its impact on performance levels in cyclists. The study consisted of 9 male participants who were amateur competitive cyclists.  The average age of the participants was 28 years old. The participants either consumed 70 ml of beetroot juice or a placebo. Four exercise trials were done, one prior to the beetroot juice or placebo consumption and three following. The beetroot juice participants were found to have improved test markers (higher plasma nitrate levels and lower VO2 levels) and significantly faster time trial performances. In general, beets/beetroot juice are known as an excellent support for healthy liver cleansing and this study offers an insight into additional support beets can provide for our overall health. 

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