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Beets

The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, also table beet, garden beet, red beet, or golden beet.

Other than as a food, beets have use as a food colouring and as a medicinal plant. Many beet products are made from other Beta vulgaris varieties, particularly sugar beet.

Protective Factor
0 effects
Measured in g

Interesting Facts

Aerobic Speed
Beets

Researchers found that eating 200 grams of baked beetroot before exercise brings significant improvement on running times. Running velocity increased by 3%

Caution

The red colour compound betanin is not broken down in the body, and in higher concentrations may temporarily cause urine and stool to assume a reddish colour; in the case of urine this is called beeturia. This effect may cause distress and concern due to the visual similarity to what appears to be blood in the stool, hematuria (blood in the urine), or hematochezia (blood passing through the anus, usually in or with stool).

Recommended Dosage

Effects occur at least 2.5 hours after ingestion

Related to Beets

Beets Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Aerobic Exercise Capacity Musculoskeletal outcome
Aerobic Exercis...
Musculoskeletal

Minor Increase

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Blood Pressure - Hypertension Cardiovascular outcome
Blood Pressure ...
Cardiovascular

Notable Decrease

Needs research

1 study

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