Beetroot a Legal Performance Enhancer

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:

  • 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).