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.
When 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):
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.
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.
Read more: Fit-Juice.