Super Juice for Your Heart, Brain and Joints

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 27, 2016

  • The super juice that slashes your chance of a heart attack or stroke
  • It powers up your stamina and endurance
  • … And gets rid of those aching joints

If you could drink a glass of juice every morning that would protect your heart and brain, boost your stamina and ease your aching joints all day long, would you do it?

Sure you would. And you can!

You can get all of these amazing benefits from a single glass of red beetroot juice each day.

Now, I’ve been an advocate for beetroot juice for a long time. It’s what I would call a “super juice” – particularly when it comes to safeguarding your cardiovascular system.

The secret lies in its high nitrate content.

Nitrates stimulate the production of nitric oxide (NO) in your body. This is a compound that helps your blood vessels relax and expand, allowing blood to flow freely throughout your body.

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This is great news for you. It means lower blood pressure, reduced arterial stiffness and less chance of plaque build up. This, in turn, slashes your chances of a heart attack or stroke.

You’ll also get more blood flow to the parts of your brain that need it the most. In particular, it fuels the white matter in your frontal lobes… the areas of the brain associated with dementia and mental decline.

Plus, you may even find that a little beetroot juice each day can enhance your bedroom activities. The reason is simple: When your blood is flowing smoothly and freely to your genitals, it increases your ability to experience arousal.

These are some pretty impressive reasons to start drinking this super juice. But they’re only the tip of the iceberg.

Power-Up Your Stamina and Endurance

The NO boost you get from beetroot juice can go a long way when it comes to powering up your exercise sessions. This is especially true if you lack stamina and endurance, or if you lose your breath quickly while working out.

That’s because higher NO levels reduce the amount of oxygen your lungs need during physical exertion. NO also boosts energetic function of your muscles. This helps to increase both exercise tolerance and performance… letting you exercise longer before reaching exhaustion.

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At the same time, beetroot juice greatly reduces the load on your vascular system during exercise.

Just 500 ml (480ml is a pint) before working out can result in lower blood pressure, more efficient oxygen uptake and better circulation to the brain during exercise than would occur otherwise.

Say Goodbye to Aching Joints

In addition to its nitrate content, beetroot juice is also high in something called betalains. These are the antioxidant pigments that give beets their red color. And they’re a powerful weapon when it comes to inflammation.

For example, as little as 50 mg. of beet root extract for 10 days can reduce osteoarthritis pain by about 33%.

It can also help you with aching knee joints. Not only does it cut down on knee pain, it also improves knee function.

So there you have it. A single glass of beetroot juice each day can provide every single one of these health benefits. And it’s such a simple thing to do.

But I have to warn you. The taste is something that might take a little getting used to.

It’s never bothered me. But some folks describe it as bitter; others say it has an “earthy” taste.

If you find it unpleasant, you can always mix it with a little apple or orange juice to make it a little more appealing. When I juice the beet root at home I had a teaspoonful of ginger root with an orange, lemon or apple. This is a great tasting morning juice treat.

However, if it turns out you just can’t get to it, there’s nothing wrong with substituting it with a supplement made from a red beetroot extract. You’ll get all of the health benefits… without blending for the flavor mix you like.

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Pietrzkowski Z, et al. Influence of betalain-rich extract on reduction of discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. New Medicine 1/2010, s.12-17.

Pietrzykowski Z, et al. Betalain-rich red beet concentrate improves reduced knee discomfort and joint function: a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot clinical study. Nutr Diet Suppl. 2014;6:9–13.

2 thoughts on “Super Juice for Your Heart, Brain and Joints

  1. Tom

    Hello Dr Blyweiss,
    Great article. One question–does the powder work just as good as the liquid?
    I am looking forward to trying it.

    Reply

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