I actually love beets. We grow our own and can them and freeze the tops for greens.
By Ashleigh Libs | Aug. 14, 2017, 6:50 p.m. (ET)
Beets are a root vegetable (think carrots, onions, garlic, etc.) because they grow underground and absorb their nutrients from the soil. This powerhouse vegetable is a great source of many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium. Additionally, beets have many antioxidants, which means they have tremendous anti-inflammatory properties.
But why are they the new trend for endurance athletes, you may ask? Beets also naturally contain nitrates, which are ultimately converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide improves multiple body functions that can increase endurance performance such as improved blood flow to working muscles, muscle contractions and neurotransmission to name a few. In some research studies, increased availability of nitric oxide through supplementation has translated to improved…
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