If you’re on the daring side of life you probably do several things that feel really good and maybe take a bit of courage. Possibly asking that hot girl out, or skydive or eat beets.
“WHAT THE HELL?” you exclaim? Yes, beets. You know those giant bulbus root looking things? You should eat those. Often. Like a few times a week, especially if you consider yourself to be active. And because you’re on our page, you know I’m going to tell you why. Let’s list this like it’s a trending Facebook or dating site post, shall we?
1) Beets are Natures Viagra:
Now that’s a helluva claim but we won’t say it is 100%. However, Beets can increase blood flow due to their nitrates. Due to a high count of Boron, which is related to the human sex hormone, you could consistently eat some beets and before you know it you and the ol’ lady could start your mailman/housewife fantasies back up in no time. Let us add that a lot of endurance athletes stock up on beets the night before a race because of the nitric oxide properties, which helps reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as the enhancement tolerance of high-intensity exercise.
2) Beets, of course, are high in vitamins and minerals:
It’s a vegetable. So this is obvious to you I’m sure. Which though? Well try on Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid for size. That’s a metric ton of feel-good stuff packed into these little bastards. And if you’re a pregnant woman, the vitamin B and iron are awesome for new growth cells during your preggo time. Useful stuff.
3) Take a high inflammation!
They’re a good source of betaine, which is a nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins and enzymes from environmental stress. Along of course with fighting inflammation. That beneficial because it helps cut down on recovery time after a lot of ass kickin’ in the gym or something of that nature.
4) Detox like a champ!
The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Bare awesome for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver. You know, science stuff. Which we’re a fan of.
5) Downtune your blood pressure:
Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points. The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
We recommend either juicing a beet with other various veggies or taking a nice sized beet, cutting it in half and putting it into you blended smoothie. Just be careful when cutting it up…they can leave a nasty messed that’ll look like a crime scene in your kitchen.