We’ve known for a long time that a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, contributes to an athlete’s ability to perform at their peak. But it wasn’t until 2009 that the performance benefits of beet juice were specifically documented in a study by University of Exeter and Peninsula Medical School. This original study showed that athletes who supplemented their diet with beet juice extended their endurance by a full 16%!
Ten years after that first research was published, we now have a greater understanding of how and why beets boost performance (not to mention many more studies). Beets contain large amounts of naturally-occurring dietary nitrates, which support the body’s ability to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator; it increases the size of the blood vessels improving oxygen flow. Numerous studies have confirmed the positive effects on athletic performance since that original one was published.
However, an athlete would need to consume one to two liters of beet juice daily in order to get the 250 to 400 mg of dietary nitrates that are needed to boost performance.
Needless to say, drinking that much beet juice isn't easy....
Juicing fresh beets every day is messy and time consuming. Bottled juice shots can be expensive (plus you would need a lot of them). Also both of these options contain unwanted calories and carbohydrates. And since the nitrate content of beets can vary significantly based on their variety and growing conditions (the type of soil they're grown in is particularly important), it was impossible to know how many nitrates a fresh or bottled juice actually contain.
Fortunately, there's a solution.
Beet juice powder! But not just any beet juice power will do.
Here are the questions you should ask before you buy:
1. Is the beet juice powder nitrate-certified?
Don’t be fooled by labels that make claims regarding the number of beets contained in a serving. Beets can vary greatly in size and--more importantly--nitrate content. Ideally, you'll want to use a beet juice powder that contains at least 200 milligrams of nitrates per 10-gram serving. Almost all fresh and powdered beet juice products on the market contain somewhere between 100 to 150 milligrams of nitrates. Our Pure Clean Powder is nitrate-certified and provides a full 250 milligrams of nitrates per serving.
2. Has it been cold-temperature dried?
This process results in a crystalline powder that mixes easily and has a clean, mild taste. Through cold-temperature processing, excess sugars can be removed and nutrient content protected. Most other beet juice powders are freeze-dried, which can diminish their total nutrient value. Freeze-dried options are typically light and powdery, which makes them more difficult to mix.
3. Is it organic?
While most red beets are non-GMO, only a select few growers are certified organic. Pure Clean Powder sources its beets from only certified, organic growers.
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