Feel the Beet
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I’m sure you are all familiar with beetroot, that pesky vegetable you should never eat while wearing a white shirt. However in recent years its status has been bumped from this humble root vegetables to super food, and it has earned it. Thanks to this new title, there are now a number of ways that you can exploit all its benefits, and my personal favourite is the powder.
Athletes have used beetroot in the form of a concentrated juice shot for years due to its vast performance enhancing qualities, so much so that it’s actually known as “legal blood doping”. This is down to the incredibly high level of nitrates that are found in beets. These tiny molecule help to open your arteries hence increasing the levels of oxygen that can reach your muscles. Increased oxygen means increases endurance and power.
However, this doesn’t mean you need to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits. Studies have shown that nitrates can help to prevent and reduce the symptoms of certain coronary disease and help to reduce blood pressure in these people. Furthermore, beetroot is also incredibly high in a number of other minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and folic acid. Thanks to these, the benefits of beetroot also include increased immune system, blood formation and psychological function, not to mention the wonders it can do for your skin.
Now, some of you may be wondering how much beetroot would I need to eat, so that’s where the powder comes in: one teaspoon is equivalent to one beetroot, making it easy to get your daily fix. This vibrant powder can be added to anything from your morning porridge or smoothie, to your salad dressing or even your baking. Adding a couple of teaspoons to a couple of meals is all it takes. The versatility of beetroot powder means it can be enjoyed everyday in lager quantities than the original root vegetable.