Just the thought of beets puts a sour look on most peoples’ faces. I’m one of the few who loves beets, red or gold, hot or cold. You either love ’em or hate ’em. Now there’s a reason to at least try them.
“Scientists have evidence that Popeye was right: spinach makes you stronger. But it’s the high nitrate content in the leafy greens — not the iron — that creates the effect. Building on a growing body of work that suggests dietary nitrate improves muscle performance in many elite athletes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that drinking concentrated beet juice — also high in nitrates — increases muscle power in patients with heart failure.” (Cardiology fellow Nishtha Sodhi, M.D)….According to the study authors, including Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., and Linda Peterson, M.D., the magnitude of the improvement is comparable to that seen in heart failure patients who have done two to three months of resistance training. (Credit: Robert Boston)
“It’s a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice,” said senior author Linda R. Peterson, MD, associate professor of medicine. “A lot of the activities of daily living are power-based — getting out of a chair, lifting groceries, climbing stairs. And they have a major impact on quality of life. We want to help make people more powerful because power is such an important predictor of how well people do, whether they have heart failure, cancer or other conditions. In general, physically more powerful people live longer.”
Quotes taken from the discussion at Science Daily dot com.
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I’m all for living healthier longer, and will continue taking my daily beet juice supplement contained in Lifeoxlyin.
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Washington University School of Medicine. The original item was written by Julia Evangelou Strait. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
- Andrew R. Coggan, Joshua L. Leibowitz, Catherine Anderson Spearie, Ana Kadkhodayan, Deepak P. Thomas, Sujata Ramamurthy, Kiran Mahmood, Soo Park, Suzanne Waller, Marsha Farmer, Linda R. Peterson. Acute Dietary Nitrate Intake Improves Muscle Contractile Function in Patients With Heart FailureCLINICAL PERSPECTIVE. Circulation: Heart Failure, 2015; 8 (5): 914 DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.115.002141