Consider Adding Beets to Increase Oxygen
The benefits of beets, beet juice and beet juice-powdered supplements may surprise you. They are packed full of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and they are more than vitamin packed. They offer tremendous benefits to your heart and they increase oxygen flow. Yes, beets can do this. Beetroot contains a high concentration of naturally occurring nitrates, which are converted to nitrate oxide in the body. Nitrate oxide is a molecule that relaxes and widens
blood vessels and affects how efficiently cells use oxygen. For this very reason, consuming beetroot juice daily has shown promise for lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. There are more benefits to increased blood flow than just heart health. The increase of oxygen in your blood has shown benefits for brain health and even with endurance for athletes, as well as for ED (erectile dysfunction). This same increase of oxygen allows athletes to perform more vigorous activity for longer periods of time because their hearts and lungs do not have to work as hard during exercise. The recommendation for this effect is to consume Beet Root Juice or Powder 90 minutes before exercise. Another active nutrient found in beets is “betalain,” which inhibits the inflammatory signals and reduces inflammation. With inflammation now proving to be a factor in many health problems, including heart disease, beets are even more important to your health regimen. A daily dose of beets also helps detoxify the liver and keep your bowel regular because they are high in fibre (approx. 3-4 grams per cup). Beet fibre moves through the intestines undigested, (insoluble fibre) and it soaks up water along the way, adding bulk to your stool, providing a cleansing effect on the large intestine. Beets are a great addition to any diet plan and not just for their cleansing effect. They are also high in potassium, which is a critical mineral in electrolyte balance and many diets such as the Keto Diet, which can play havoc on a body’s electrolyte balance. (Electrolytes are required for proper nerve and muscle function.)
The Easiest Way to Get Your Daily Dose of Beets
To see the heart-heathy and oxygen-enhancing benefits of beets, you need to consume at least one cup of beetroot daily. However, beets are messy, and the inconvenience of preparing them makes us less compliant with daily consumption. The good news is that you can now get your Beet Juice in a powdered supplement called Prairie Naturals Organic Reds. Each serving of Organic Reds contains 2000 mg of organic beet root. And, in addition to
powdered beets, it includes Pomegranates, Goji Berries, Grapeseed, Carrots, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries and Cranberries. So, you get the fantastic benefits of beets, the amazing benefits of the other ingredients and to top it off, it really tastes great. Keep in mind that no matter how great beets or beet juice and powders are, consuming beets in high amounts every day can have some unwanted effects. First, the colour of your urine and stools may turn red or pinkish after eating beets. It is harmless and even has a name, known as “beeturia.” If you have low blood pressure, drinking beet root juice every day can cause your blood pressure to drop too low. If you are prone to “calcium oxalate kidney stones,” do not consume large amounts of beet root juice as beets are high in oxalates (naturally occurring) that may form crystals in your urine, which could lead to stones if not passed.
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