These days beetroot juice is gaining more and more attention as a superfood. Studies show beetroot juice can lower blood pressure, improve exercise endurance, boost blood flow and helps your body get more much-needed oxygen.
The juice also shows promising results when it comes to enhancing brain function and slowing down cognitive decline.
And now, researchers may have teamed beetroot juice up with the perfect partner to help make aging brains young again.
Like many Americans, as much as you may have come to accept the inevitability of getting older, you probably don’t like noticing signs of aging such as wrinkles, vision loss, aching joints, fatigue and more.
But what most people — doctors included — don’t realize is these seemingly innocuous symptoms stem from a simple hidden cause that can easily be corrected.
Beetroot Juice Plus Exercise: The Perfect Duo for a Younger Brain
In a new study, 26 middle-aged men and women with high blood pressure drank either beetroot juice or a placebo three times a week. This occurred just an hour before they walked for 50 minutes on a treadmill at moderate intensity.
After six weeks, those who took the beetroot juice (which contained 560 mg of nitrate) showed brain connectivity that’s more commonly seen in younger adults.
They also appeared to have greater strengthening in a region of the brain called the somatomotor cortex. This is a brain region that often shows changes in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The reason for these results may be a result of increased oxygen delivery to the brain, which uses about 20% of the total oxygen in your body.
How Beetroot Juice Works
Dietary nitrates like those found in beetroot juice are converted to something called nitric oxide in your body. This compound has an invigorating effect on your blood vessels, which helps deliver more blood, oxygen and nutrients to your brain.
Add this to the oxygen boost provided by exercise, and the combination could be the perfect duo for a younger brain.
However, beetroot juice isn’t the only source of dietary nitrates available to you. Leafy greens like arugula, kale and spinach are also great sources. Other good sources include carrots, celery, green beans and radishes.
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Dana Nicholas is a freelance writer and researcher in the field of natural and alternative healing. She has over 20 years of experience working with many noted health authors and anti-aging professionals, including James Balch, M.D., Dr. Linda Page, “Amazon” John Easterling and Al Sears M.D. Dana’s goal is to keep you up-to-date on information, news and breakthroughs that can have a direct impact on your health, your quality of life… and your lifespan. “I’m absolutely convinced that America’s misguided trust in mainstream medicine – including reliance on the government to regulate our food and medicine supply – is killing us, slowly but surely,” she cautions. “By sharing what I’ve learned throughout the years I hope I can empower others to take control over their own health.”