Abby Moore •
Everyone agrees that beets are vibrant in color and have a high nutritional value, but very few actually find the taste and texture appealing. It is possible, however, to reap the many health and post-exercise benefits of beets without sitting down to a whole plate of sliced beets… with beetroot powder.
Although conventional nutritional advice usually dictates consuming whole foods rather than extracts for the higher nutritional value of whole foods, when it comes to beets, beetroot powder may actually be better!
So why beets or beetroot in the first place?
Here are the scientifically published, peer reviewed, and generally accepted benefits of beetroot powder:
- Promotes muscle recovery after endurance exercise through reduction of inflammation
- Supports circulation, arterial function, and cardiovascular fitness
- Attenuates markers of inflammation
- Provides anti-oxidant activity with potassium, selenium, magnesium, iron, zinc, folate, and vitamin
- Supports central nervous system health
- Promotes normalization of blood pressure
- Supports liver health
Ok beets and beetroot are good!
So here are some creative ways to get your beets or beetroot on!
Whole beets are found in most grocery stores' produce aisles year-round, but the cool-weather crops will be freshest in the spring or fall. You can juice, roast, pickle, or chop them for smoothies. You can create beet pancakes, beet salads, or a vegan beetroot curry.
Beetroot powder can be found in health food stores or drugstores and can be added to other whole foods in a myriad of ways.