Researchers have discovered an array of compounds in beet juice can lower blood pressure, enhance athletic performance, improve brain health and improve blood flow – all factors important to improving virility.
Most importantly beet juice is full of nitrates which are converted by the body into nitric oxide, and essential ingredient to maintaining firmness and hardness in men.
There have been a number of study published documenting the health benefits of beet juice. These include:
In a study from Wake Forest University, older individuals who drank 16 ounces of beet juice a day for two days showed greater blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain and important for all of us who are looking to maintain our cognitive functions .
This is an important area of the brain responsible for problem solving skills and planning.
Boosts Athletic Performance
In a study found in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2010, suggests that consuming beet root juice used less oxygen, allowing the body to exercise more efficiently.
Another study by the same researchers also found that men who consumed beet juice were able to bicycle longer when compared to those who were given a placebo. It is believed the high level of nitrates in beets were responsible for this.
Benefits of Nitrates in Beetroot Juice:
Nitrates found in beetroots are converted by the body into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide affects the release of hormones and adrenaline.
It is also found to increase the growth and recovery time, increase blood flow and deliver more nutrients to muscles to help them grow after intense exercise.
In particular nitric oxide is very important for erection firmness and hardness as erections are dependent on the release of nitric oxide to perform well.
Nitrates can also be found in other vegetables such as radishes, lettuce, celery, parsley, Chinese cabbage and endives.
Nutritional Content of Beets:
Beets are a great source of nutrition. They are rich in folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants and the all-important nitrates. The active ingredient in beet juice is an antioxidant called betanin.
How to Make Homemade Beet Root Juice
Making Beetroot Juice with a Juicer:
A juicer is a very handy tool to have in the kitchen and can quickly transform many different types of fresh fruits and vegetables in very healthy and nutritious drinks.
Wash the beets well ensuring any mud or other dried dirt has been taken off. Cut the beets into quarters and push through the juicer. You may want to add ginger, lemon or apple for added taste.
Making Beetroot Juice with a Blender:
Clean and peel the beets. Chop them as finely as possible. Throw them into the blender and blend until a smooth consistency. Strain the large bits out using either a cheese cloth or metal strainer. Pour into a glass and flavor with ginger, lemon or apples.
Just beware that consuming a lot of beet can turn both urine and stools a harmless red to purple color. Beets also contain oxalates, so individuals who are susceptible to oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid them.
Beets can also be boiled, baked and steamed, however the heating process does destroy many of the beneficial nutrients found in beets.
Finding Beetroot Juice in your Local Store:
Quality beet root juice can be found in specialty and health food stores. Choose organic if available and often it will be found in the refrigerated section as many are beet juice blends are made with 100% juice and do not contain any preservatives.
Always check the ingredients label to ensure no added or unnecessary items are included in the juice.