Beet juice helps in creation of red blood cells. But new studies show the benefits from including beets in your diet don’t stop there.
Recent research has found that the increased blood flow caused by beet juice can have a positive impact on the brain, too. Scientists at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, determined that increased blood flow to the brain due to beet supplementation improved brain health and helped lower the risk of dementia. Their study involved participants age seventy and over who alternated between breakfasts high in nitrates (a naturally occurring form of nitrogen found in beets) and low in nitrates. Measurements of each group of participants showed that the high-nitrate diet boosted blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes, a location often associated with dementia.
“There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” said Daniel Kim-Shapiro, director of Wake Forest’s Translational Science Center; Fostering Independence in Aging. “There are areas in the brain that become poorly perfused as you age, and that’s believed to be associated with dementia and poor cognition.”
The brain boosting power of beets goes right along with a long list of other beet benefits. For example, the improvement in circulation hinted above, brought on by beet nutrients, correlates to a lowered risk of high blood pressure. Beets also increase the body’s production of glutathione, which helps with detoxification. This is helpful in ridding the body of lower quality substances including harmful chemicals.
Beet benefits can be traced to the remarkable amount of nutrition found in this single powerhouse vegetable. And with juicing, you’ll feel the effects rapidly due to enhanced assimilation and accelerated bioavailability.