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Jun
13

Beets: nutritious, healthy and good for endurance?


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Endurance athletes take note.  Beets, and specifically beetroot juice, are the new endurance booster.  All natural and super nutritious, they pack a punch.  Ask Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, or ultra-marathoner Chris Carver: beetroot juice improves athletic performance.

Beets and beetroot juice are known for their high nitrate content.  Nitrates are converted in our bodies into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels to relax and widen. This process allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow through the body—and the more that oxygen reaches the muscles, the longer they’re able to perform at high intensity. Athletes have sought to trigger this process called vasodilation for years, even with banned substances. But simply consuming large amounts of vegetables that are high in nitrates, such as spinach, carrots, radishes, and especially beets, can offer the same performance boost.

Studies have confirmed the effects of nitrates on athletic performance, and the result?  Beet juice improves athletic performance and reduces blood pressure.

Regarding the research…

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SwissChiropractic Clinique

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Dr Dubois, DC, CCSP Dr. Dubois, a Swiss physician, and a Triangle Certified Sport Chiropractor has over 20 years of experience in the treatment and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Amongst his patients, two world champions in martial arts (gold medalists in 2005 WMJA), one carrier of the Olympic flame in 2004, and numerous soccer players, swimmers and athletes of all levels who benefited from his chiropractic care.

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