Yes, another one of those blog pieces about nutritious food. A new report states that beetroot juice can increase your stamina. Of course, this was based on a small study, but it is encouraging and means that more research will be put into it.
Though I would not be one to downplay any health benefits from natural food sources, it does make me wonder how these studies come about to begin with. We have been hearing about so many different food links to Alzheimer’s and I remain sceptical about many of those – especially because the links are tenuous and require excessive amounts that would be nearly impossible to achieve. However, this beetroot juice might have some real science behind it.
Beetroot juice contains nitrogen, which is believed to have benefits inside the body. How it does this is still unknown, but it is postulated that it may be converted to nitric oxide, which decreases the body’s need for oxygen, therefore, it can do more work with less effort or stress on the body. As a result, the stamina is increased. Previously, it was shown that beetroot juice can lower blood pressure. If this nitric oxide theory is correct, it may account for the lower blood pressure as well.
So, for those beet lovers, this is good news. My father was the only one in the family who liked beets. We all used to make fun of him. Of course, not having eaten any beets since ages ago, I cannot even remember what it takes like or why I didn’t like it. I suppose I could give it another try. It wouldn’t hurt and it just might help get me through this lethargic period that is brought on by heat and humidity.