Can I really be excited by Beetroots?

Beetroot Juice


Some research came out from the University of Exeter this week that used the juice I actually drink and love. (James White organic)

It said that if I had 70ml twice a day (about a wine glass in total) I’d end up brighter. ‘Improved cognitive function’.

I checked to see if James White beetroot juice suppliers had financed it – but no, no declarations of interest!

My granny born in Russia in 1880 used to say that ‘beetroot makes blood’. Its interesting how often science confirms traditional beliefs. Here’s what they say that actually translates as ‘beetroot makes blood’.

“Beets naturally contain large quantities of nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide. This compound dilates the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and lowers overall blood pressure”

The research into beetroot has been going on for the last 20 years – there is a superb bibliography accompanying the University of Exeter Research. The overall messages are :

  • First beetroot makes me brighter
  • Second beetroot does my mouth good by promoting Good Bacteria
  • I’ve also learned something I never knew – which is actually life changing – not to use anti-bacterial mouthwashes. The reason is they destroy the good stuff along with the bad and deplete my microbiome.

I have a bottle of the blue anti-bacterial stuff and I’ll now just use it to soak my tooth brush and teepees in. I’ve bought a bottle of Sarakan from Infinity Foods – not antibacterial. It smells and tastes great.

green and cream mouthwash bottle with buddha figure

It may sound dramatic to say ‘life changing’ – but reading what the beetroot does I seriously think it is.

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