Beet Juice Boosts Brain Benefits of Exercise
The positive effects of physical activity on the brain—especially in older adults—are well known. Now a new study suggests that drinking beet juice, also called beetroot juice, before exercising could enhance those benefits.
This bright purple juice has been associated with a number of health benefits in recent years, including controlling blood pressure and improving physical performance. This recent study involved 26 participants over the age of 55 with high blood pressure treated with medication, none of whom exercised regularly.
Each participant performed 50 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week, for six weeks. An hour before each exercise session, half the participants drank a beetroot juice supplement and half drank a placebo. At the end of the study period, researchers measured brain function using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). They found those who had consumed the beet juice had improved brain function—particularly in the areas of the brain that control body movement and cognition.
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