Scientific Name :Beta vulgaris L.
Common Name: Beetroot
Source: Roots of Beet
Applications: Sports nutrition and Lowering the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a root vegetable also known as red beet, table beet, garden beet, or just beet. Beetroot extract has been gaining in popularity as a superfood. Beetroot is rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, folate (Vitamin B9), and manganese, copper, riboflavin, selenium, among other nutrients. Beetroot powder is also a great source of potassium, this extract helps to regulate the body’s fluids and prevent water retention. The dietary fiber found in beetroot naturally helps the body feel filled for longer.
Recent studies claim that beets in the form of juice or an extract can improve athletic performance, reduce blood pressure, and increase blood flow.
It has been proven that the Nitrates present in the Beetroot extract powder significantly reduce hypertension. Nitrates get converted to Nitric oxide in the blood and it is a new sports supplement to help widen and relax blood vessels and increase exercise performance are thought to be the cause. The same nitrates also boost physical performance and hence Beetroot powder is gaining importance in the sports nutrition industry.
Beets get their rich color from Betalains, which are water-soluble antioxidants. Betalains in the Beetroot extract powder are thought to be free radical scavengers that help find and destroy unstable cells in the body.
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Studies have also shown the Beetroot extract helps in reducing diabetes.