Beetroot is arguably the best vegetable on the planet especially if you participate in endurance sports. I’ve often referred to it as ‘natures EPO’.
Heres why I think so:
- Not only does beetroot taste great but it also a completely legal performance enhancer.
- Beetroot can mimic the effect of high altitude training in cyclists.
- Beetroot can reduce the onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise
- Years prior to its recent surge in popularity, beetroot had been used medicinally for ailments such as constipation, fevers and skin problems.
- Beetroot is a great source of iron and folate, it also contains betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants.
- Boiling beetroots in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, can work as an effective cure for dandruff. (apparently)
- Along with its performance enhancing properties, Beetroot can help with preventing dementia and lower blood pressure due to its high nitrate content.
- Beetroot contains the mineral silica an this helps the body to utilise calcium, this can reduce the risk of osteoporosis due to its benefits to skeletal health.
Here is a great link that references all the sport research on beetroot.
Some ways to include beetroot in your diet.
- Purchase readymade beetroot juice and have a glass each morning.
- Drink a pre-workout ‘shot’ of beetroot juice.
- Make your own juice or smoothie and add beetroot.
- Chop or grate the beetroot and use it in salad, sandwiches or wraps
- Cook a grated beetroot curry.
- Chop it and put it on pizza.
- Fry grated beetroot into a rosti.
- Great ingredient to add moisture to chocolate cakes and brownies
- Make a refreshing beetroot dip
- Put a slice of it in a burger (Kiwi Burger).