Beets detoxifies and cleanses our cells by providing our bodies with increased nutrients and oxygen, making it hostile for cancer cells. With its high iron content, beets hit cancer cells with a fresh supply of oxygen and promotes the generation of new healthy cells.
But a new Canadian study also suggests that beets helps to keep the brain young. The study involved 26 men and women over the age of 55. These were individuals that did not exercise and took medication to control their high blood pressure.
Three times a week for 6 weeks they took a beetroot supplement one hour before exercising. Half of the participants received the beetroot supplement while the other half received a placebo.
Results of the test showed that the beetroot group had much higher levels of nitrate in their blood after exercising. They also showed a stronger somatomotor cortex in the brain compared to the placebo group. This is a region of the brain that helps control body movements. In addition, the beetroot group showed a significantly increase in muscle power as well as lowered blood pressure.
Jack Rejeski, co-author of the study stated that the increased brain connectivity among the subjects was comparable to the connectivity seen in young adults. Rejeski stated that Nitric Oxide is a powerful molecule and it goes to the areas of the body which are hypoxic, or needing oxygen, and the brain is a heavy feeder of oxygen.
Further research is needed to fully understand the effects of beets and the brain but the results from this study looks promising.