Beetroot powder (also known simply as beet powder) has been used in natural medicine dating back to Roman times. Scientific and pharmaceutical interest has gained momentum only in the last few decades, but the ancients knew what was up.
Beets are nutrient-dense and, beyond centuries of understanding, have also held their own through our more modern clinical scope. Here are some of the key health benefits of beetroot powder.
It’s Sustainable, Versatile, and Convenient.
Beets are a highly renewable resource and an inexpensive source of nutrients. (Not terms you hear often these days in the health food world, so we call this a *major* win). Plus, beets can be cultivated in soils with scarce organic material and little light and water. You can even purchase beetroot powder online from various sources.
If you aren’t looking to grow your own beets–or cook and peel them, for that matter–beetroot powder is a great way to get the nutritional benefits of beets without the extra work (or stained fingers!). Beetroot powder turns beets into a much more versatile product, perfect for baking, sauces, oatmeal, and, you guessed it–smoothies.
It’s Good for Cardiovascular and Blood Health.
Beets are one of only a few plant foods that contain dietary nitrates. Nitrates convert into nitric oxide, a molecule that dilates blood vessels to help increase blood flow, which helps pretty much every function in the body. Even better? Beetroot powder contains more concentrated levels of nitrates than whole beets.
The nitrates in beets have been shown to have positive effects on:
- Heart health
- Healthy blood pressure
- Healthy circulation of blood and oxygen in the body
- Increased stamina, endurance, energy, and athletic recovery