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Beet Juice For Stamina

Looking for a way to increase your stamina that doesn't involve carbo loading? Beet juice could be the answer. In a very small UK study, drinking beet juice daily was found to improve endurance by 16 percent, which translates into a two percent "reduction in the time taken to cover a set distance." The study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, suggests that gains from drinking beet juice are greater than those that could be achieved with training. Wow! I wish I loved to drink beet juice as much I love to eat beets.

This new research builds on earlier findings that beet juice lowers blood pressure. The scientists believe that nitrates in beets affect oxygen uptake and that this discovery could benefit people with cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as professional and amateur athletes. Tell me, do you like beet juice?

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I wish I could, but I just can't. My family is big on juicing things, but I could never get into beet juice. Even when added to carrot juice. It tastes too much like dirt to me. It's a shame because it has so many healthy benefits.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I'll stick to eating them whole & hope that works as well!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 8 years
I'm really glad to hear that beet juice shouldn't be consumed straight, because while I really like beets I absolutely cannot imagine drinking straight beet juice. I have a wonderful food processor and have been experimenting with it to make fruity smoothies/shakes... It looks like it may be time to add a little bit of beet juice to each concoction (in moderation, of course).
michlny michlny 8 years
I know you cannot always believe what you read online, but I thought this was interesting (see below), I found it when I googled Beet Juice. Beets are probably one of the most powerful vegetables available. Beets are known for causing both stools and urine to turn red and if this happens, don't be surprised. Never drink beet juice by itself. Beet juice should always be mixed with other vegetables and/or apple juice. Pure beet juice (from the bulb or greens) can temporarily paralyze your vocal chords, make you break out in hives, increase your heart rate, cause chills or a fever. Beets are best used in small amounts. I never use more than 1 to 2 ounces of beet juice (approximately ½ a small beet or ¼ a large beet). Use moderately. Both the roots and greens are powerful cleansers of the body. Beets are said to really cleanse the blood and kidneys and this is why it is suggested you use beets moderately.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I love the taste of beets so I'm guessing I'd also love beet juice.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
If only it didn't taste like beets...
Its not that bad!! Mix it with apple! Yum! Mix both with carrot! There's a place in Boson ( that has a juice bar and mixes all three and its so good and you feel good too. I think the drinks called the sweetheart.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I wish I liked beets.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
Wow. I've never had it, but I probably would had the same feelings I have toward carrot juice: gross.
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