Top 7 Scientifically-proven Beetroot Juice Benefits That You May Be Shocked To Know

Top 7 Scientifically-proven Beetroot Juice Benefits That You May Be Shocked To Know

Studies showed that beetroot benefits various health conditions including high blood pressure, dementia, cancer prevention, exercise performance, and cholesterol reduction.

Top 7 Scientifically-proven Beetroot Juice Benefits

#1. May reduce blood pressure

In 2008 study published in Hypertension, subjects drank 500 ml of beetroot and apple juice reduced their blood pressure of 4 – 5 mmHg after 6 hours drinking the beet juice.[1]

#2. May slow dementia progression

 Wake Forest University researchers found that drinking beetroot juice can increase blood flow to the brain and slow the dementia progression in the older adults.[2] In this study, the researchers found the link between consumption of nitrate-rich beetroot juice and increased blood flow to the brain in 14 adults at age 70s. After 4 days, the MRIs showed that, the older adults had increased blood flow to the frontal lobe white matter - the areas of the brain associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions.

#3. May improve exercise and athletic performance

 A small study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism showed that trained cyclists who drank 140 ml of concentrated beetroot juice daily for 6 days had reduced pulmonary oxygen uptake VO₂ during submaximal exercise and improved time-trial performance.[3]

#4. May improve muscle power in people with heart failure

 In a pilot study published in AHA Journals, subjects with heart failure drank beet juice had an increase nitric oxide (NO) production from 35% to 50% and improved muscle function in patients with heart failure.[4]

#5. May prevent cancer 

The purple colour found in beetroot comes from betalain pigments. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition study in 2014 showed that betalains have demonstrated a high chemopreventive, antiradical and antioxidant properties against multiple cancer cell lines.[5]

#6. May reduce cholesterol 

Farmacia study showed that beetroot extract significantly decreased in total cholesterol and triglycerides and increased high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels. The researchers also found that beetroot extract reduced oxidative stress in the liver and heart.[6]

#7. May help with anemia 

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