"The recent interest in beetroots has been primarily driven by the discovery that sources of dietary nitrate may have important implications for managing cardiovascular health. However, beetroot is rich in several other bio active compounds that may provide health benefits, particularly for disorders characterized by chronic inflammation...Recent studies have provided compelling evidence that beetroot ingestion offers beneficial physiological effects that may translate to improved clinical outcomes for several pathologies, such as; hypertension, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes and dementia"
Taken from the National Institute for Biotechnology Information
Since Roman times people have taken advantage of beets for their medicinal and athletic enhancing properties. In addition to having a little bit of every nutrient you need, this functional food is one of the best sources of in vivo nitric oxide on the planet (a powerful vaso-dilator which helps lower blood pressure). Additionally, beetroots are loaded with beneficial vitamins, minerals, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids and flavonoids. These compounds give beetroot its ability to treat such disorders as hypertension, liver disease, diabetes while providing athletes a natural increase in endurance, oxygenation and reduced recovery time (due to increased oxygen in the blood and vascular dilation). regardless of your current health condition, beetroot powder (which is like eating 3-5 beets per serving) can take your health ambitions to the next level while protecting you from cardiovascular disease...safely & naturally!
Cardiovascular Health & Blood Pressure: Most of the benefits of beetroot for the cardiovascular system are due to its high concentration of inorganic nitrates. Nitrates are converted in the body to nitric oxide which dilates blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and increasing blood flow and oxygenation of the body. This can also have a positive effect on men experiencing ED (Erectile dysfunction). Additionally, anti-inflammatory properties, betalains and antioxidants reduce oxidative stress and internal inflammation that causes other forms of heart disease.
Diabetes: Beetroot contains alpa-lipoic acid which helps to lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Liver Health & Detox: Beetroot contains large amounts of vitamins A, B6 and iron which helps protect the liver from oxidative stress and inflammation. Beetroot powder is also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids (which help to promote liver cleansing). Bile is also thinned by beetroots, making it easier to process through the liver. Additionally, beetroot powder can lower triglyceride levels and treat fatty liver disease (a condition where fat comprises 5-10% of your liver).
Athletic Performance: Thing is, you’d have to eat a lot of beets (like somewhere between two and eight) to produce enough nitric oxide to reap real blood flow benefits. That’s where beetroot powder, which is made from dehydrated beets and thus contains higher levels of nitrates, comes in. Nitrates in beetroot are converted into nitric acid which dilates blood vessels, increases blood flow / oxygenation and decreases recovery time. In order to maximize the athletic effects of beetroot, take 1 serving 30-60 minutes before exercising.
How To Take: Blend or mix 1 teaspoon (3.5 grams) of beetroot powder with 6-8 ounces of your favorite beverage or smoothie. It can also be added to foods, soups, dips, etc. Living Traditionally products do not contain any flavors, sweeteners or additives of any kind.
Safety: Beetroots are generally considered safe. Beetroots can lead to red, pink or purple coloring in urine and/or stools (this is normal and should not cause alarm). People with irritable bowel syndrome, kidney stones or are pregnant/nursing should consult a physician before taking beetroot powder.