It’s the root to a better brain.
The humble beet has been found to boost your gray matter during exercise, thanks to its high levels of oxygen-enhancing nitrates, researchers at Wake Forest University found.
In a study, 26 middle-aged men and women with high blood pressure drank either beet juice or a placebo before exercising — and the ones who got the beets, had much higher levels of nitric oxide, which increases blood and oxygen flow in the body.
“Nitric oxide is a really powerful molecule,” said study coauthor W. Jack Rejeski. “It goes to the areas of the body which are hypoxic, or needing oxygen, and the brain is a heavy feeder of oxygen in your body.”
The study, published in the peer-reviewed Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, adds to mounting evidence on the pluses of beets, which have also been found to improve endurance and lower blood pressure.
So make some borscht, already.