Beetroot, also known as beet, has been gaining popularity in recent years as a new super food and studies have shown that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow.
And now it turns out that beetroot is a potential potent anti-ageing fountain of youth, especially when it comes to improving your motor control skills.
As we age, it’s normal to live life more in the “slow lane” but if you’re having trouble getting your limbs to do what you tell them or you’re feeling sluggish or wobbly on your feet… it could be a sign that your motor control and function is on the wane… and that could be a sign that something more serious is going on.
Especially if those physical “blips” are coupled with cognitive decline and frequent “senior moments”. In fact, a change in your gait or a decline in motor skills can actually be some of the first symptoms of mild cognitive impairment — or even Alzheimer’s disease.
But don’t despair. According to the results of the latest study, you can keep your brain performing like a much younger person by simply drinking beetroot juice!
The study involved 26 older participants who had high blood pressure and weren’t regular exercisers. Half of them drank beetroot juice an hour before a moderately intense, 50-minute walk on a treadmill, while the other half drank a placebo drink before doing the same.
They repeated this routine three times a week for six weeks. And the results showed that the beetroot juice group had significant improvements in their motor functions.
What’s more, their brain connectivity resembled what you’d typically see in much younger adults! The beetroot group’s brains had an enhanced ability to form new neural connections — especially in areas of the brain that support physical mobility.
The researchers attribute this to the nitrate found in beets – and the juice-drinkers in the study got 560 grams of nitrate in every serving, while the placebo-drinkers didn’t get nearly as much nitrate. And, at the end of the study, those who drank beetroot juice had much higher levels of nitrate in their bodies than the placebo group.
Your body converts nitrate to nitric oxide — a powerhouse for increasing blood flow and transporting oxygen to areas of the body that need it.
Nitric oxide works by relaxing arteries and making them more flexible so blood can flow freely through your body. The amount of blood that gets to every nook and cranny of your body is one of the most crucial aspects of all of health.
And more blood – and, therefore, more oxygen – equates to a more active brain… and all you have to do to achieve this is eat more beets or drink more beetroot juice.
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