Say "YES" to NO (Nitric Oxide)!
Drinking a small glass of beetroot juice before a run or workout will improve cardiovascular function and greatly enhance your exercise performance.
Through various studies, scientists are recognizing the health benefits of beets, especially for athletes due to the naturally occurring nitrates found in beets which increase circulation and improve running time. Muscles perform the same amount but require less oxygen (nitric oxide). Due to these findings, many athletes, such as Mohamed (Mo) Farah (Gold Medalist) competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics drank beet juice rather than Gatorade before events.
Potassium and dietary nitrates found in beets are also shown to reduce hypertension. Studies show that drinking just 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure.
- 2 small beetroots (small to medium beetroots have the sweetest flavor)
- 3 oranges
- a piece of fresh ginger
- ice cubes
Mix all the ingredients in a juice machine. If you use organic beetroot and ginger, you don’t have to peel them. Pour juice into glasses. Add ice cubes, stir, and serve.
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