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How To Support Healthy Inflammation Levels With Beets

Disclaimer: As the supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA, the information in this article is for education purposes only and not intended to treat any disease. Before implementing any dietary or supplement changes, consult with your primary care doctor.

Like brussels sprouts, beetroot can be a polarizing food. People tend to fall into the camps of either loving or hating beetroot. The texture of beetroot is unique, almost incomparable to other foods. The flavor of beetroot is earthy and slightly sweet.

Regardless of how you feel about eating beetroot, its nutritional profile as a superfood cannot be denied. Beets are within the top ten foods for highest antioxidant activity. Fortunately, even for those who do not prefer whole beets, a high-quality powdered beetroot is an excellent choice that can deliver all the supercharged nutritional benefits.

Is optimizing your wellness a priority? Do you want the highest yield products with minimal fuss and kitchen time? Incorporating high-quality superfoods into your routine is a must. Continue reading to learn more about the longevity promoting powers of beetroot.

The Role Of Supporting Healthy Inflammation Levels In The Body

Chronic inflammation is a silent epidemic which plays a role in many of the top chronic conditions contributing to debility and poor quality of life.

Most people are familiar with acute inflammation, which is a brief immune response to an injury to heal the affected area. When you accidentally cut your skin on a kitchen knife, the injury isn’t what causes the redness, swelling, and warmth that appears.

The immune system’s response to the injury is what causes the inflamed appearance of a fresh wound.

However, gradually, the area heals due to the flood of immune cells to the injured area.

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, not a singular injury that comes and goes. Various factors such as a poor diet, high stress, lack of exercise, genetic factors, and environmental pollutants can contribute to constant, simmering inflammation in the body for which the immune system is constantly attempting to manage.

Signs To Look Out For In Your Everyday Life

Trouble supporting healthy inflammation levels in the body can manifest in a number of ways. Here is a simple list:

  • Brain Fog
  • Fatigue
  • Healthy joints
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression
  • Poor quality sleep

An Ancient Superfood

Reports of the healing power of beets go back to Roman times. In fact, the Romans were the first to use beetroots. Before, the greens were primarily consumed. In addition to having health-promoting properties, the Romans also believed that beets have aphrodisiac qualities. It was said that two people who ate from the same beetroot would fall in love.

With modern scientific advances, the benefits of superfoods can be clearly attributed to active compounds which can be studied for their effects on human physiology.

Beetroot has very high nitrate content. Nitrates are nitrogen-based compounds. In the body, nitrates are converted to nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is produced naturally within blood vessels and is responsible for maintaining healthy, elastic blood vessels and already healthy blood pressure. Nitric oxide is also crucial for kidney health.

Blood vessels can become stiff and hard, most often due to aging, lack of exercise, cholesterol problems, tobacco smoke, or genetics. Stiffening of the blood vessels can cause problems like atherosclerosis which can increase stroke and heart attack risk.

Research from Queen Mary University of London showed that beet root juice measurably supported healthy inflammation and improved performance of the lining of blood vessels, where nitric oxide is released. Elevated nitric oxide levels were also observed in subjects given beet root juice for seven days.

Support Joint Comfort with Beets

70% of individuals over the age of 50 will experience discomfort.Which can make the activities of normal life unpleasant and uncomfortable. Resulting in little activity and issues associated with older age.

In a promising 2013 study, 40 people who were given beet concentrate, reported maintained healthy joints.

Another study showed that people with osteoarthritis experienced supported healthy joints right after being supplemented with beet extract. Additionally, researchers found a healthy inflammation response in the body associated with the beetroot concentrate.

Beets are thought to contribute to joint comfort due to their compound content, including carotenoids and betalains. The latter is a pigment responsible for the deep red color in beets.

Cholesterol Support with Beets

What exactly causes the physiologic changes that contribute to atherosclerosis and blood pressure?

If you are like many people getting bloodwork done regularly as a part of your health maintenance, your physician is likely looking at your cholesterol levels every so often. Especially if you are over 50.

Certain types of cholesterol contribute to plaque buildup in the arteries. Plaques cause narrowing of the lumen of the arteries, elevating blood pressure. Plaques also increase stiffness in the arteries, preventing them from dilating to maintain already healthy blood pressure levels.

In an impressive 2017 study, LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol) was observed to be well supported in those who incorporated beet juice into their routine for 2 weeks.

Conclusion

If you believe beets can be a healthy option in your day-to-day routine, there are many options available to you. Golden After 50 offers a simple powdered Beets solution that can be easily mixed in water. You could also blend one serving...

Blend the Beets Formula into smoothies alongside all of your other favorite ingredients to add a supefood kick to your meal. Looking for inspiration for a refreshing smoothie that will help you get your daily beet powder in? Try our recipe below and feel free to tweak to your taste!

Beets Formula Superfood Smoothie Recipe (servings: 2)

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 scoop Beets Formula Powder
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 2 cups coconut water

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary.

Dr. Laurel Ash ND, MS

Dr Laurel Ash, ND, MS is an Oregon and Washington board-certified Naturopathic Physician. With a passion for nutritional health, Dr Ash earned her doctorate in Naturopathy from the National University of Natural Medicine while receiving her masters in Integrative Mental Health. Her unique combination of evidence-based research and skilled knowledge in holistic medicine has allowed Dr. Ash to successfully treat many with a wide-range of issues.