CAN’T BEAT BEETS
Beets were once considered a humble vegetable that families could afford to put on the table. Now they’ve become a table favorite, and not just for their sweet, earthy flavor. Beets offer a myriad of amazing health benefits.
Beet juice may increase muscle power
You may know that your body can use natural nitrates—found in abundance in beets—to create nitrous oxide and promote healthy dilation of veins and arteries in your heart. A recent study found that the same may be true for other muscles in your body—consuming beet juice increased participants’ muscle power by up to 13 percent. Source: Circulation: Heart Failure
Beet juice may improve blood pressure
Reach for a glass of soothing beet juice when that certain relative—you know the one—has you on the verge of bursting a vein at your holiday party. Recent studies show beet juice can decrease systolic blood pressure by 4 to 5 points in a matter of hours. Beet juice: 1; Uncle Fred: 0. Source: Circulation: Nutrition Journal
Beets snuff out inflammation
Inflammation plays a key role in heart disease, so it’s only natural this heart-healthy veggie would cool off the body’s unwanted burning sensation—and it does. Beets have been shown to cause anti-inflammatory effects due to their abundance in betaine, a nutrient associated with decreasing several inflammatory markers. Source: whfoods.com