Beetroot is a nutrient-dense vegetable with quite a few health benefits attached to it. Vitamins A, B, and C, antioxidants beta-carotene and beta-cyanin, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and fiber are all present in beetroot.
It’s also jam-packed full of nitrate—which is what will be converted into nitric oxide. Enhanced nitric oxide not only leads to better muscle pumps in the gym, it also benefits your body in many other healthy ways, such as helping to:
- lower high blood pressure and elevate low blood pressure
- fight cancer, as it contains betaine, shown in studies to have significant anti-cancer properties
- detoxify the liver
- relax the mind and create a sense of well- being, similar to the efect chocolate has on the body, since it contains tryptophan
As you know, beetroot juice is not the best-tasting drink to consume, so one of the problems with it is getting it down. Now researchers in the U.K. are considering beetroot bread as a possible way of enhancing the palatability of beetroot juice. In a crossover trial, 23 healthy men ate four slices (200g) of bread either with or without 100g of beetroot added to it. After consumption, each subject was monitored for changes to blood pressure and vasodilation (the ability of blood vessels to widen for steady blood flow).
Finding: Consumption of beet-enriched bread appeared to lower diastolic blood pressure and support vasodilation in the smaller networks of blood vessels.
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