Beet Juice for Better Health, Better Workouts, and Better Sex

What if I told you a drug exists that has all of these benefits:

  • You will have better sex.
  • You will be stronger in the gym and have more endurance.
  • You will have fewer hangovers.

What if I told you that this drug is completely legal, well researched, and has zero side effects? That would sound like a supplement company’s bogus “advertorial,” wouldn’t it?

I am here to tell you that this “drug” does exist and that you can can easily make it yourself. In fact, I take this “drug” almost every day.

Beet Juice has more scientific support behind it than any supplement other than creatine

No, that is not a joke. Keep reading (and don’t miss the dozen or so scientific studies cited at the end of the article).

How Does Beetroot Juice Work?

Beetroot juice is high in NO3, a nitrate. Nitrates are vasodilators, that is, they open (dilate) the vascular system (blood vessels and capillaries). When your blood vessels open wider, you have increased blood flow throughout the body.

Increased and improved blood flow throughout the body confers many health and performance related benefits.


How beet juice improves your sex life.

Despite being an object of fascination, your penis isn’t a magical golden rod. Your penis is just skin and muscle and blood vessels. When you’re turned on, blood pumps to your penile muscle, leading to an erection.

If you dilate your blood vessels, you will have more blood pumping to your penis. Hence, your erections will be fuller and more firm.

How beet juice improves your gym performance.

The nitrates in beet juice makes it easier for oxygen to get to your muscles and makes it easier to breath. In exercise science parlance, this is known as reducing oxygen cost. Lifting weights, sprinting, and performing other high intensity activities are high oxygen cost exercises.

beet juice exerciseWhen you’re running out of breath, it’s because the oxygen cost of whatever activity you’re performing  is high. When you aren’t running out of breath, it’s because your oxygen cost is low.

If you can find a way to reduce the oxygen cost of an activity while maintaing performance (i.e., train harder without passing out), you’ll get better gains.

Beet juice also improves explosive power and activates fast-twitch muscle fibers (Type IIb muscle fibers), although no one quite understands exactly why that is.

See, Impact of dietary nitrate supplementation via beetroot juice on exercising muscle vascular control in rats. (“These data support the hypothesis that NO(3)(-) supplementation improves vascular control and elevates skeletal muscle O(2) delivery during exercise predominantly in fast-twitch type II muscles.”)

How beet juice lowers blood pressure.

When your vascular system is open, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard pumping blood through your vascular system. Pretty straightforward stuff. See, Inorganic nitrate and beetroot juice supplementation reduces blood pressure in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. (“Inorganic nitrate and beetroot juice supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in systolic BP.”)

How beet juice cures and prevents hangovers.

Beet juice contains betalins, a class of liver detoxification agents. Drinking beet juice also boosts glutathione, a major liver detoxification compound.

Since your liver detoxes your blood when you’ve been drinking, a more efficient liver means the poison will clear your system quicker. (Even better: Stop drinking.)

How to Make Beet Juice

Soon enough supplement companies will cash on wonder drug by selling a bogus pill. In the meantime, you have to be a big boy and make your own medicine. (Or not. You can get beet juice powder, which many juicers claim is as good as fresh beetroot juice.)

If you’re only going to make beet juice, then I recommend you get one of these two inexpensive juicers (that only take a couple of minutes to clean):

  • Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer (here)
  • Breville Compact Juice Fountain (here)

If you really want to get into juicing, check out Fit Juice, the best juicing source in the world:

This is a quick and easy beet juice recipe:

  • 1/2 of a  medium-sized beet
  • 1 apple, orange, or pear
  • 3 carrots

Beet juice tips: Go easy on the beets at first. Since it’s a powerful detoxification agent, many people vomit if they drink too much as the body is releasing toxins. Also, use a potato peeler or slice off the outer skin if you don’t like the earthy taste of beetroot. I love the taste. It’s a personal preference.

There you have it. Legal juice. And if that’s too tame for you, check out our posts about modafinilHGHtestosterone replacement therapy, and anabolic steroids.

Scientific Studies Showing the Exercise and Health Benefits of Beetroot Juice

You can find any of these studies on PubMed.

A toast to health and performance! Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure and the O2 cost of exercise.

Effects of dietary nitrate on oxygen cost during exercise.

Beetroot juice improves in overweight and slightly obese men postprandial endothelial function after consumption of a mixed meal.

Nitrate Supplementation Enhances the Contractile Properties of Human Skeletal Muscle.

Effect of beetroot juice on lowering blood pressure in free-living, disease-free adults: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

Effects of nitrate supplementation via beetroot juice on contracting rat skeletal muscle microvascular oxygen pressure dynamics.

Impact of dietary nitrate supplementation via beetroot juice on exercising muscle vascular control in rats.

A single dose of beetroot juice enhances cycling performance in simulated altitude.

Beetroot juice and exercise: pharmacodynamic and dose-response relationships.

The Effect of Variable Doses of Inorganic Nitrate-Rich Beetroot Juice on Simulated 2,000 m Rowing Performance in Trained Athletes.

Evaluation of the effect of beetroot juice on DMBA-induced damage in liver and mammary gland of female Sprague-Dawley rats.

Influence of dietary nitrate supplementation on human skeletal muscle metabolism and force production during maximum voluntary contractions. 

Betanin, a beetroot component, induces nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2-mediated expression of detoxifying/antioxidant enzymes in human liver cell lines.

Liver-protecting effects of table beet (Beta vulgaris var. rubra) during ischemia-reperfusion.

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  • Chuck

    Thanks man I didn’t know about that one …
    I bought a nice juicer to my girl friend last year, a
    breville … after a couple of month of drinking those crazy juice, we have both
    noticed a lot of little things like nail and hair grow faster and look better, little skin problems
    disappeared and it seems we are just feeling better… work way better than multi-vitamins.
    I’m going to mandate her to put more beet into my juice …

  • Nate

    Dude I’ve been slacking on my juice game lately, beet juice is amazing gotta get back on that. The red piss is kinda cool too

  • T and A man

    Are you continuing to manage
    I left a comment, but I’m gathering to make the sorbet, it’s a special type of filter which sends everything to the pulp funnel. What happens if it goes through a juicer with a standard filter do you know? A banana doesn’t have much water content, so wouldn’t most/all go through to the pulp funnel anyway?
    I got a 2nd hand slow juicer 2 days ago for $30. First juice this Sunday.

    • Danger & Play Blog

      What kind of juicer is it? It has to be a masticating or twin gear juicer to make banana ice cream.

    • T and A man

      Kogan cold press juicer.
      There’s no point me hitting your links, Australia has different volts from the mains, different plug shape etc.

      it’s a masticating juicer, single gear.

      There is the optimum 400 for Australia which does definitely make the sorbet, but it comes with 3 different filters (might be a good affiliate opportunity if you have Aussie readers), and one of the filters has no holes and the entirety goes to the pulp spout. I hought they have been the factor. I believe this juicer is also single gear.

      I will try a banana anyway, a $0.20 experiment won’t break the bank.

      Good topic btw, beets was what sold me for juicing. I knew I needed the nitrates, and took action.

      Carrots are $0.30/lb, celery is $0.60 a bunch from where I live so most of my filler for juice is cheap. Bought an established house and some previous tenant was kind enough to plant a pomegranate tree. Neighbour has free lemons. All set to have fun with this baby.

      • Danger & Play Blog

        Yeah it should work on a cold pressed juicer. Break the banana up into small pieces.

        • T and A man

          Just did my first juice.

          1 beet, 2 small apples, 2 carrots, 1 stalk of celery, and a whole bunch of leaves of celery. I bought a bunch and leaves would otherwise be a waste product.

          I was astonished at the yield, 4 cups. Also, I put the leave sin first and it congested the pulp outlet. When it came to cleaning, I saw a whole bunch of partially masticated beet, the pulp was around a small hand full and would have yielded another 1/2 to 1 cup of juice.

          Drank 2 cups about an hour ago. I’ve detoxed before and I am feeling all the senses of detox, feeling as if muscles around my liver are cramping, acute dull headache, and I’ve had to urinate twice.

          Back on the juicing, from what I’ve read, leaves tend to clog up the pulp outlet yeah? so one should alternate between leaves and roots, where root pulp will shoot the leave pulp clear?

          EDIT: Just read some more, it looks as if the stringy fibres of the celery remain, i saw them in particular block up the pulp spout. So cut celery quite small, such as 1-1.5 cm pieces.

          I followed up with a 2 apple + 1/2 lemon juice, including skin. It juiced it around 12-15 seconds. tasted delicious. Much superior to commercial juices

          EDIT: saw I should cut off the skin of the lemon.

  • Pete

    Great article, but your penis has bone in it???

  • anon1

    ever since juicingformen ive had getting an omega juicer on the backburner. would it be okay for hard vegetables, or mainly just kale ?

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Everything. Read the guides over at Fit Juice. It explains what juicers are best for what produce.

  • Pieter C.

    Great blog! Been taking beet/carrot/lime/ginger juice for about a year
    on your recommendation. Great results! I take the juice in the morning but
    workout late in the afternoon. Will I still have the benefits during the
    workout or should I drink another one before the workout? If so, 30 minutes

    • Danger & Play Blog

      It doesn’t make a huge difference, actually. Beet juice really does live up to the hype, doesn’t it?

      • Pieter C.

        I’ll keep doing it in the morning since it is more practical and I can drink it fresh. I lost a decent ammount of fat and got the sixpack after mixing the intermitent fasting with the juicing. Great stuff!

  • IgnoreLimits

    I’ve been meaning to try beet juice for a while as I’m interested to see how much vascularity actually can increase from using it, do you find when you’re not beet juicing on a frequent basis the vascularity tapers off again?

  • me

    How long does it take for the beet juice to work? i.e. if I wanted to have the effects of beet juice for a high intensity sporting event to increase my oxygen cost how long before activity should I be consuming? or is it through regular consumption that it has an effect?

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Only you can answer that. Everything is individual. All I can do is give guidelines/information and then it’s up to you to experiment.

  • Full Tilt

    Can doing too much at once give you flu-like symptoms? I’ve juiced beets plenty of time in the past, but have been drinking about 10-12 oz. a day the past week and have felt sore all over, low energy, and sick to the stomach. Not sure it’s related, but wondered if anyone else experienced the same.

  • Rafael.

    I did juice beet yesterday and to my surprise it tasted great.

    I have one question, what do you do with the pulp?

    • Robert

      I have been giving the pulp to a co-worker to feed his chickens, but I think I am going to try and make crackers out of it with the next batch.

  • anon1

    question, my local supermarkets only sell boiled beets. [as in the middles cut out and sold in sealed packs of 6], is this still good enough to confer the benefits of beetroot to my juices?

    had a kale, beetroot, apple, and orange juice today which was absolutely lovely

    • Danger & Play Blog

      Beets don’t have to be raw. Boiling the beets doesn’t destroy the nitrates. Good to go.

  • Victor Manuel Mejia

    Two questions. Do you drink it pure or do you add water, if so how much for that recipe amount.
    Do you make x amount and store it in the fridge and how long can it be refrigerated without losing strength? Or just do it like protein shakes and prepare one serving.

  • anon1
  • Ton Chay

    Your penis is Not a muscle. It’s made of cartilage.

    Com’ on mike I thought you’d know more about Penises.

    But that would be pretty cool if you’re penis was a muscle, because then you could work on getting that thing more swole… if necessary.

    • Charlie

      I guess he was referring to the pubococcygeus muscle.
      Better blood flow and improved strength in the PC muscle, does improve the quality of your erections, also it may help people with premature ejaculation.

      About working out your penis… I think Chris explores that stuff on his website, never tried it, so I cant vouch for it.
      I believe they had some studies about it and it was legit (not sure if it was biased).
      But I vouch for Chris, so if any of you guys arent satisfied with the size of your tool, look it up and decide for yourselves.

  • DS_Slash

    Hey I bought a juicer and started drinking beet juice a couple of times now, but my piss is still normal, nothing red there. Is this good or bad, or does it differ from person to person if it is going to become red/pink ?

    • Mike Cernovich

      Differs. I never had much red. Others do.

      • DS_Slash

        Ok thanks for the answer

  • Adrian Elizondo

    Mike, What are your thoughts about Beet Kvass?
    It is a fermented beet based tonic drink.

  • Doug Bem

    Thanks for the article, Mike. I see V8 has a product called Purple Power which touts concentrate from purple carrots and beets as the #2 ingredient. Have you seen this? Thoughts?

    • Mike Cernovich

      Never heard of it, but I drink V8 in a pinch.

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