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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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The power of antioxidants

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.

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.

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!

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

Although it is simplicity personified, beetroot soup always screams of effort. Maybe it's the colour, or the rich ruby earthiness of it. To me, it's Norway in a bowl.

Sophie Dahl