We’ve known for a long time that a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, contributes to an athlete’s ability to perform at their peak. But it wasn’t until 2009 that the performance benefits of beet juice were specifically documented.
More than six years after the first research was published, we now have a greater understanding of how and why beets boost performance. They contain large amounts of naturally-occurring dietary nitrates, which support the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide or NO. Among other things, NO acts as a vasodilator; it increases the size of the blood vessels improving oxygen flow.
Numerous studies have now confirmed the positive effects of nitrates on athletic performance including one at the University of Exeter, which showed that athletes who supplemented their diet with beet juice were able to extend their time to exhaustion or endurance by a full 16 percent!
After this study was published, athletes began to consume one to two liters of beet juice daily in order to get the 250 to 400 mg of dietary nitrates that are needed to boost performance.
Needless to say, drinking this much beet juice wasn't easy....
Juicing fresh beets every day was messy and time consuming. Bottled juice shots, expensive. Both of these options contained unwanted calories and carbohydrates. And since the nitrate content of beets can vary significantly based on their variety and growing conditions (the type of soil they're grown in is particularly important), it was impossible to know how many nitrates a fresh or bottled juice actually contained.
Fortunately, there's a solution.
Beet juice powder! But not just any beet juice power will do.
Here are the questions you should ask before you buy:
1. Is the beet juice powder nitrate-certified?
Don’t be fooled by labels that make claims regarding the number of beets contained in a serving. Beets can vary greatly in size and--more importantly--nitrate content. Ideally, you'll want to use a beet juice powder that contains at least 200 milligrams of nitrates per 10-gram serving. Almost all fresh and powdered beet juice products on the market contain somewhere between 100 to 150 milligrams of nitrates. Pure Clean Powder is nitrate-certified and provides a full 250 milligrams of nitrates per serving.
2. Has it been cold-temperature dried?
This process results in a crystalline powder that mixes easily and has a clean, mild taste. Through cold-temperature processing, excess sugars can be removed and nutrient content protected. Most other beet juice powders are freeze-dried, which can diminish their total nutrient value. Freeze-dried options are typically light and powdery, which makes them more difficult to mix.
3. Is it organic?
While most red beets are non-GMO, only a select few growers are certified organic. Pure Clean Powder sources its beets from only certified, organic growers.
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