Beet Root Powder (Beta Vulgaris) contains high levels of important vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, copper, phosphorous, sodium, iodine, boron, soluble and insoluble fiber. Beet Root is a rich source of carbohydrates and protein.
Betaine, a phytochemical in beet powder helps the kidneys and liver to process an amino acid known as SAM-e. SAM-e occurs naturally in the body. Adding beet root powder to your diet increases the production of SAM-e in the body naturally.
Almost a thousand published studies have reported on the array of benefits elevated levels of SAM-e provides for the liver. The liver contains the third highest amount of SAM-e in the body, after the adrenal and pineal glands.
Beets may be better than many have realized. New findings on brain health come from Wake Forest University and were reported in the January 2011 issue of Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry. Beets have a high concentration of the compound nitrate, which gets converted to nitrite (a vasodilator, which means it expands blood vessels) when it comes into contact with the healthy bacteria that live in the mouth. The high levels of nitrates in beets help in widening blood vessels and circulate an increase in oxygen- rich blood to the heart muscle; the nitrates relax your veins.
Beetroot is a rich source of NITRATE, which in the body can be converted to metabolically active nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a potent vasodilator (relaxes blood vessel walls) and has a number of beneficial effects on blood flow and on the energetic cost of muscle contraction and energy generation in muscle cells. The main beneficial effects of Nitric oxide are to lower blood pressure and to increase the economy of exercise by allowing the muscles to use less oxygen therefore improving exercise tolerance, power output and stamina. These effects are thought to be brought about by an increase in the delivery of blood to muscle tissue, a reduction in the use of the muscle energy stores ATP and phosphocreatine, as a result of an increased efficiency in mitochondria the energetic power house of muscles.