This unlikely muscle food is just that for two simple reasons: betaine and nitrates. Beets are rich in both and can give you a significant boost in the gym. Betaine (a.k.a. trimethylglycine) not only enhances liver and joint function but also has been shown to bolster muscular strength and power. Nitrates contribute to the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels to help widen them and allow more blood to flow through. Greater blood flow equals more amino acids, glucose and oxygen to the muscles, which equals more energy in the gym and better recovery. In other words, consuming beets and beetroot juice can make you bigger and stronger.
Serving Size: 1 cup beetroot juice Nutrients: 100 calories, 2 g protein, 23 g carbs, 0 g fat Value Added: betaine and NO production
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