Beets

The word “superfood” gets thrown around easily these days.

Some “super” foods are truly spectacular for promoting good health, while many others are overrated.

One food that’s become popular recently for good health is beetroot.

But is it as “super” as some say it to be?

In a word… absolutely.

Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are packed with vital vitamins, minerals and other health boosting nutrients, like nitrates and nitrites.

Nitrates and nitrites are two nutrients scientifically shown to boost nitric oxide (NO) levels.

Nitric oxide is a special molecule that “signals” your blood vessels, arteries and other parts of your vascular system to relax.

As a result, your blood vessel walls open wider. And, the wider your blood vessels, the better your blood flow.

When your blood is flowing more freely, your body experiences all kinds of benefits.

Warmer hands and feet, healthy blood pressure, improved stamina, enhanced brain function, even a better drive in the bedroom.

Clinical research has demonstrated how powerful beets can be to good health.  Particularly cardiovascular and circulatory health.

One 2016 randomized study found that beetroot significantly supports healthy systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

In a 2018 study from Southern Methodist University in Dallas scientists discovered that within 45 minutes of drinking raw beetroot juice, nitric oxide levels increased by over 21%.

And, a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study showed drinking beetroot juice improved endothelial function by 20% and reduced arterial stiffness.

Your endothelium is your body’s largest organ and it has an absolutely critical function: to create nitric oxide.

Incorporating beets into your diet is simple, and delicious.

Juice the root and add it into a smoothie. I suggest fresh beetroot juice over store-bought, as the varieties sold in stores tend to be loaded with added sugar.

I personally like to grate a few roots to create a tasty slaw. It makes a great side dish.

Or, sometimes I’ll add the slaw to a sandwich for some crunch and texture.

You can even use the leaves of the beetroot to make a salad.

This nutrient-dense root can make a profound impact in your health. All you need to do is give them a try.

And if you’d like to have a quick way to get them into your diet, go here.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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