Many people, especially professional athletes, drink beetroot juice because of its health benefits. Particularly its effects on oxygen usage and blood pressure. Although beet juice is not commonly found in grocers, some natural and health food stores do stock it. As an alternative to the commercial options, electric juicers allow you to make fresh beet juice from your kitchen.
Boiled beets are often used in green salads to add a sweet and savory taste. In England, pickled beet roots are quite popular. The most commonly used beets for juicing are the round, purplish-red variety.
Although many athletes have added beet juice to their diet, some do not like its distinct taste. You can disguise the taste if you make a juice cocktail or a smoothie by mixing several vegetable and fruit juices. Beet juice can be mixed with other juices like carrot, cherry, pomegranate or orange to make it palatable.
Nutritional Values for Beet Juice
Commercial beet juice is often sold in large bottles that yield multiple servings. Always check the nutritional label and serving size information. When you make your own beet juice, measure an 8-ounce serving and save the rest for later. Consume leftover juice within seven days. One 8-ounce serving of unsweetened beet juice contains 110 calories, 1 gram total fat, 26 grams total carbs, 24 grams sugars, 70 milligrams sodium and 2 grams protein.
Improved Oxygen Usage
According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, study participants were able to walk longer while using less oxygen after drinking beet juice. Another study at Exeter University gave male cyclists half a quart of beet juice several hours before riding. A control group was given blackcurrant juice. Both groups went on a bike ride, and they found the beet root juice group rode 20 percent longer and used less oxygen.
Blood Pressure Benefits
Beet juice is known to lower blood pressure. According two studies by British research journal Hypertension in 2008 and 2010, one serving of beet juice can lower blood pressure for several hours. It helps by temporarily widening blood vessels.
Although beetroot juice is considered a healthy drink, it contains a high amount of nitrates. Drinking beet juice can cause your urine and stools to turn red, but it is not harmful. However, too much juice can also cause diarrhea. Check with your doctor if you notice any side effects or problems from drinking beetroot juice.
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