The Truth About Beet Juice
Most “superfood” lists don’t include beetroot juice, but perhaps they should.
Some research suggests that beetroot juice can increase endurance, which can help you exercise longer, improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure.
Why? Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. In a chain reaction, your body converts nitrates into nitric oxide, which improves circulation and blood pressure.
Some studies show that beetroot juice can increase stamina, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure.
Benefits of Beet Juice
In some studies, drinking about 2 cups of beetroot juice a day or taking nitrate capsules lowered blood pressure in healthy adults.
Beetroot juice can also improve your endurance during exercise. In one study, people who drank beetroot juice for 6 days improved endurance during intense exercise.
One cup of raw beets contains 58 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. A cup of beetroot juice typically has about 100 calories and 25 grams of carbs due to the way it’s processed.
Beets are a good source of folic acid, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and nitrates.
Other good food sources of nitrates include spinach, radishes, lettuce, celery, and kale.
Eating beetroot won’t give you the same amount of nitrates because cooking prevents some nitrates from being produced. But it’s undoubtedly good for your health, says Marjorie Nolan, MD.
If you start drinking beetroot juice, be aware that it can make your urine and stools reddish. This is fine.