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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!

A fantastic veg which is great served with white fish such as grilled monkfish, or with beef carpaccio, or as part of an antipasti plate along with some tasty beans, sliced prosciutto and tomato-rubbed crostini. If you’re lucky enough to buy beetroots with their leaves, remove them, keep them and use them like spinach – they taste amazing.

Jamie Oliver – The Return of the Naked Chef

In spring, it is said, a young man’s fancy turns to love. In autumn, the chef’s fancy (whether young or not) turns to the fantastic seasonal produce on offer: root vegetables, game, orchard fruits, truffles, mushrooms. And beetroot. Because beetroot can be a very exciting ingredient. I prize its vibrant red-purple hue (though it comes in a variety of colours) and its sweetness and extraordinary earthiness.

Heston Blumenthal

beetroot and chicken wraps

Sweet Chilli Infused Beetroot and chicken wraps

Spice up your lunchtime with this quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for sharing. Featuring sweet chilli infused beetroot teamed with creamy avocado, crunchy red onion and healthy wholemeal wraps, the whole family will keep coming back for more.