Beet juice, beet salads, candies dyed with beets, and even beet supplements have been growing in popularity over the last few years, and not only for the nutrient density of this root vegetable, but for the overall health and fitness benefits beets provide.
This root vegetable, beautiful in color, known for packing a big punch in the potassium department, is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. But unlike most vegetables, beets also contain nitrates which convert to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes and opens blood vessels improving blood flow, and delivering more oxygen to muscles. With better blood flow to the muscles, blood pressure improves and strain on muscles and organs decreases. This also improves the build up of lactic acid in the muscles, leading to improved endurance. The nitrates in beet root will not only help your heart beat easier, but will help your muscles contract harder by providing better blood flow and decreasing time to exhaustion.
In order to receive the benefits that beets have on improving blood flow, you would have to consume a large amount of beets, so that is why Protea Vitality+ uses beet root powder, containing higher levels of nitrates than your standard beet salad would contain. Not only will beet powder help improve blood flow while lifting weights, but it also helps convert creatine phosphate which is important in order to reduce fatigue during any type of HIIT style training, giving you more bang for your buck in a short period of time.
Beet root powder benefits are not only subject to the gym environment, but outside the gym as well. Beet root powder has been shown to improve recovery times by improving oxygen and nutrient delivery to our muscles and also our brains. With more oxygen and nutrients being delivered to our brains, we can recover faster and improve cognitive function with Protea Vitality without the jitters and high caffeine intake of other pre-workout supplements on the market.
Win win for beet root powder!