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Less pain, more gain after exercise with beetroot juice

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise reduces muscle soreness and helps your muscles recover, according to new research from Northumbria University, published in this month’s European Journal of Applied Physiology (EJAP). The authors suggested that the nitrates and betalains in beetroot juice, which have been shown to act as antioxidants, might have aided exercise recovery by preserving muscle function and reducing inflammation.

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beetroot benefits to Alzheimer's disease

Slow the progression of dementia

The high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the 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.

To juice or not to juice?

Did you know that eating 200g of cooked beetroot provides the same health benefits as drinking 500ml of juice? So whether you are juicer or a snacker you can easily get your 5-a-day with beetroot!

Beetroot is either loved or hated – mostly the latter I suspect, because in this country people have a surfeit of it doused in strong vinegar. But its lovers know of its earthy charm and delicious but distinctive flavour.

Delia Smith

I don't understand why I spent my entire childhood pushing beetroot round my plate as if it was deadly nightshade. It's red, it's sweet, what's for a child not to like? The life-changing moment was when I made a dish of sliced beetroot in cream to go with slices of bloody, melting roasted rib of beef. The deeply savoury, crusty bits around the beef and the warm, sweet cream was love at first forkful.

Nigel Slater