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Health Benefits of Beetroot

Beetroot Benefits

Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.  These are just some of the many Health Benefits of Beetroot.

Raw beetroot (100g) provides:
Per 100g GDA*
Energy 162 kJ / 38 kcal 2%
Protein g 1.7 4%
Carbohydrate
of which sugar
of which starch
g
g
g
7.6
7.0
0.6
3%
8%
Fat
of which saturates
g
g
0.1
0.0
0%
0%
Fibre g 1.9 8%
Sodium
Equivalent as salt
g
g
0.1
0.17
3%
*Recommended Daily amount (GDA) average adult (woman)
Source: McCance & Widdowson 6th edn.
Per 100g GDA
Vitamin C 8%
Folic Acid (Folate) 75%
Potassium (K) 11%
Iron (fe) 7%
Zinc (Zn) 3%
Magnesium (Mg) 4%

Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Read on to find out more about how ruby red beets can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle…

Reduces Blood Pressure and the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.

Cancer Protection

But improvements in blood pressure may only be the beginning to the beetroot’s scientific application. Within the beetroot is betacyanin, which has been found to slow the growth of tumors by 12.5 percent in patients with prostate and breast cancer. The importance of slowing cancer growth shouldn’t be underestimated. Many cancer patients are dubbed “cancer free,” but only in light of the fact that the cancer has not returned over a certain period of time. Anything that might slow the growth of cancer within a patient will always allow more time to treat or even discover the disease before it becomes fatal.

Be wary, however, because this study only evaluated betacyanin on its own, and it’s only assumed and not proven at this point that the beetroot’s other properties do not interfere with betacyanin’s affects.

Boosting Digestive Health

Probiotic Restore UltraA high fiber count makes beetroot and beetroot juice a prime choice for those with digestive issues. Fiber helps to promote digestive and colon health by cleaning out the gastrointestinal system and making for regular, healthy bowel movements.

“Beetroot is high in fibre and a 100g portion – about two or three small beetroot – contains ten per cent of your RDA, which helps regulate bowel movements. It also contains a substance called betaine which normalises stomach acid secretion,” says Nutritional therapist Dr  Elisabeth Philipps.

Powerful Antioxidant Properties

Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, in turn protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Folic Acid

Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord during the first three months of pregnancy and can help prevent spinal cord defects such as spina bifida. Beetroot also contains iron so is a fab pick-me-up for mums-to-be suffering from fatigue during pregnancy. Expectant mums must remember though that cooked beetroot has lower levels of folic acid than raw beetroot. For more information on the importance of folic acid during pregnancy, visit the NHS website. For more information on foods containing folic acid see Bounty’s Folic Acid Factfile. These are Advocare products that contain Folic Acid:

  • Trim Line
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    • MNS Max E
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    • Advocare Slam
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  • Wellness Line
    • Coreplex
    • Coreplex With Iron
    • V100 Tropical Chews
    • Advocare Oasis
    • Herbal Cleanse
    • BioTools
  • Performance Elite Line
    • BioCharge
    • Arginine Extreme
    • Muscle Fuel
    • Post-Workout Recovery

Reduces Risk of Osteoporosis

Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilize calcium, which is important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Lowers Cholesterol

Beetroot contains soluble fiber, which has also been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being oxidized and deposited in the arteries.

Stabilizes Blood Sugar

Beetroot is virtually fat free and low in calories. Although it has a ‘medium’ GI (Glycaemic Index) of 64, It has an extremely low GL (Glycaemic Load) of 2.9 which means it’s converted into sugars very slowly and therefore helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Treats Anemia and Fatigue

Beetroot’s iron content means it’s good for those with anemia and fatigue.

Helps Slow Progression of Dementia

A recent study by Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA has shown that the high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the progression of dementia, as nitric oxide in the blood (produced by the nitrates in beetroot) also helps increase blood flow to the brain. Beetroot’s folic acid may also play a part as studies suggest it can help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Advocare’s Solutions

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The Body’s Use of Oxygen during Exercise

Heart Uses Oxygen

Your muscles need oxygen in order to function. Every single cell within an exercising body requires the element in order to convert sugars into energy.

Consuming Oxygen for Energy

During exercise, your body demands more oxygen. This process often happens through heavier breathing, and when the working load becomes too difficult to endure, your body stops but the breathing still continues. In order to function, the cells and muscles in your body need a source of energy called ATP; this abbreviation stands for adenosine triphosphate. The molecule actually contains 4 separate parts that work to convert blood sugar into energy for your muscles.

ATP - Energy

ATP – Energy

 

Through breathing, the oxygen in every breath of air gets filtered through your lungs, transporting blood rich in oxygen into the body. The muscles that you exercise receive the blood and absorb the oxygen; each individual cell absorbs oxygen molecules. The muscle cells push out the carbon dioxide filled blood into the blood stream which travels to the heart while ATP gets taken in by the working muscles. Your heart then pushes the blood back to the lungs which exhale the carbon dioxide out into the air.

This revolving cycle or process continues through all exercise activities. Breathing serves as an involuntary function, one that continues unless you purposely stop it from taking place. You will notice how the body automatically adjusts your breathing during vigorous physical activity to accommodate the energy needs of your body and its working muscles.

Understanding Other Ideas

Liver - Blood - Muscle

Liver – Blood – Muscle

Running, lifting weights or performing any form of exercise at a slow to moderate tempo generally causes smaller fluctuations in oxygen needs than those involving challenging more vigorous activities. Every human body has the ability to store a maximum amount of oxygen at once. The maximum level, called the VO2Max, actually becomes limited because the muscles demand more oxygen than what your heart has the ability to provide.

In basic terms, the supply of oxygen provided and controlled by the blood pumping process in the heart limits your body’s ability to maintain a constant and extra high level of muscle energy. This makes sense when you think about animals with much larger heart sizes. For example, a blue whale needs much more oxygen rich blood in order to support its muscle mass and energy consumption through physical activity like swimming.

The environment directly affects the oxygen supply that remains needed during exercise. Extremely cold conditions often limit lung capacity. This happens even while your muscles continue to work equally or harder than they do in warm conditions. Since your body does not receive enough oxygen, exercising in very cold conditions becomes more difficult.

Intensity

Intensity

Elevated conditions in which the air supply contains less oxygen molecules also limits your ability to perform vigorous exercise.

Basic Understanding

  • Muscles require energy in order to function. Exercise greatly increases your muscles’ energy requirements.
  • Your muscles gain the required level of energy through the consumption of oxygen. Breathing allows your body to intake oxygen and convert blood sugars, also known as glucose, into muscle feeding energy known as ATP.
  • Without oxygen, your body would not be able to function and muscle movement becomes limited quickly.

Advocare’s Answer

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Beetroot extract has been added to the O2 Gold Advanced supplement as there is growing research showing that beetroot extract helps to improve physical performance.*

In conjunction with the powerful adaptogens, other ingredients in O2 Gold Advanced supplement are involved in the regeneration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).* Muscle activity is fueled in part by ATP. When the body’s reserve of ATP is depleted, it loses energy and strength. Inosine appears to work by making ATP last longer, thereby providing a safe and effective way to enable the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.* The result is greater strength, energy, stamina and lean body mass.* The enzyme hydrolyzed whey proteins in O2 Gold Advanced supplement provide the rich source of amino acids and protein that the muscles require for growth and strength.* Enzyme-hydrolyzed whey proteins have had their molecular chains partially disassembled by enzyme actions as a part of the manufacturing process prior to use as an ingredient. This added manufacturing step greatly facilitates digestion of the whey proteins after consumption, speeding up their availability to the body’s metabolic processes and thus speeding the positive results of O2 Gold Advanced supplement.*

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