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Power Up With Beets

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  • Vitamins and minerals in beets and beet greens fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, detoxify, fight infection and combat cancer. But certain compounds also have been found that spike energy and endurance.
  • After scientists revealed that a small amount of beet juice is all it takes to beef up strength and endurance in patients with heart failure, athletes began gulping it down to increase their stamina.
  • Tests showed beet juice to increase muscle strength by 13 percent, an improvement one might get after months of resistance training. This stems from nitric oxide formed when bacteria on the tongue converts to nitric oxide.
  • Nitrites affect blood flow, effecting neurotransmission and other performance-related actions. Scientists are now exploring the effects of beet juice on peripheral artery disease and enhancing blood circulation.

By Dr. Mercola

A new study has emerged that may give hope to those who may see themselves as the proverbial "90-pound weakling." Surprisingly, the remedy can be found in the garden.


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