Of all the vegetables people have disliked since childhood, beets may be the least desirable. Often said to be an “acquired taste,” beets are easy to overlook when an athlete is planning how to get their daily vitamins and minerals. At one time the black sheep of the vegetable family, beets may be making a comeback wit...
Of all the vegetables people have disliked since childhood, beets may be the least desirable. Often said to be an “acquired taste,” beets are easy to overlook when an athlete is planning how to get their daily vitamins and minerals. At one time the black sheep of the vegetable family, beets may be making a comeback with evidence of numerous healthy benefits.
Beet roots, more specifically beet roots, have continued to gain popularity in the fitness industry due to their many positive effects on the human body. A benefit that may be interesting to a lot of bodybuilders is the detox effect beetroots have on the body. Consuming beet roots has been shown to improve and support proper liver function. This can be important for bodybuilders that decide to run cycles of supplements that can cause liver damage.
Like several other supplements at MFN, beet root extract has been shown to promote increases in both stamina and power output. Whether you want to improve on sets of high rep squats or reach a new marathon PR, beetroot’s energy enhancing effects can help make sure you have the energy to push through those grueling workouts.
Beet root supplementation also improves blood flow in the body. Nitrates that are abundant in beet roots will ultimately convert into nitric oxide inside the body. Nitric oxide facilitates blood vessel dilation, leading to increased blood flow and oxygen uptake. By allowing for a better pump during weight training workouts an athlete can optimally increase muscle growth.
Less likely to gain the interest of serious athletes but just as important, beet root extract has multiple other health benefits. Consuming beetroot products can improve blood pressure, prevent and reduce malignant cell growth, improve brain function in the elderly, and has even been thought by ancient Romans to be a natural aphrodisiac. On top of all these benefits, beets are full of vitamins and minerals. Not matter what an athlete trains for it is always important to not only focus on sports performance but also ensuring proper heath.
Sources and Dosage
The most obvious way to gain the benefits of beetroot is to prepare and eat an actual beet. The unique taste of beets, and the time it takes to prepare them may make supplementation of beetroot extract more attractive to athletes. Beet root extract can be found as powder form in some pre workouts, in a pill or in liquid such as beet juice. A few of the products at MFN that contain beetroot extract are:
-PREWOD by Nutri Force Sports
-CellMass by BSN
Coleman, E. (2012, February ). Reap the benefits of beetroot juice — evidence suggests it improves heart health and athletic performance. Toda'ys Dietitian , 14(2), 48. Retrieved from http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/020612p48.shtml