Protein shake is a staple for every fitness enthusiast. Most of them rely on extra protein intake to repair bones and muscles post workout. Protein shake is a popular supplement that also helps replenish energy drained out of the body during a strenuous workout. Today, protein shake is easily available in the market in powdered form. But it is, end of the day, a supplement (with added preservatives), which experts usually suggest avoiding. What if we say, you don't need to rely on protein supplements anymore? Instead, you can opt for a natural alternative that is affordable, accessible and includes no preservatives. It's a fresh glass of beetroot juice.
Benefit Of Beetroot Juice: Does Beetroot Increase Muscle Growth?
Over the years, beetroot has rightly emerged as a superfood. It is loaded with every essential nutrient that helps promote overall health. From aiding weight loss to regulating blood pressure, beetroot covers it all. A study, published in the journal Nutrient, further finds beetroot juice helps increase muscle force, allowing you to lift heavier weights during workout. Let us elucidate further.
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5 Reasons Why Beetroot Juice Is Considered A Great Workout Drink:
1. Increase Endurance:
The study, published in the journal Nutrient, finds that vegetables such as beetroots are rich in nitrates - a chemical that helps boost oxygen and blood around the body. These factors make beetroot juice a perfect drink to increase endurance.
2. Decrease Oxidative Stress:
Oxidative stress is often associated with damaged muscle after heavy exercise. This is where beetroot juice may come in handy. Beetroot is a storehouse of antioxidants, which helps flush out toxins and further promote muscle health.
3. Improve Lung Performance:
As mentioned earlier, beetroot juice is a storehouse of antioxidants that help flush out toxins. This further helps increase blood flow, improve lung function and strengthen muscle contraction.
4. Improve Oxygen Intake:
As per experts, nitric oxide (in beetroot juice) functions as a signalling molecule communicating with cells and body tissues. This communication ensures more blood flow to the muscle and adequate oxygen intake inside the muscle. These factors further help improve athletic performance.
5. Improve Heart Health:
According to a study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, a glass of beetroot juice can reduce signs of inflammation in blood vessels, which further helps manage heart health. For the unversed, a healthy heart helps improve overall athletic performance.
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How To Make Beetroot Juice:
- Wash the beetroot, peel the skin and chop in medium pieces.
- Add the chopped beetroots in a juicer and blend.
- Strain the fibre, add some pink salt and lemon juice and drink.
- You can also drink the fibre for added benefits.
We also bring you some other interesting ways to add beetroot to your diet. Click here to know more.
Eat healthy, stay fit!
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