Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) has had many uses over the centuries – as a food, a colouring agent and even as a medicine. Originally used as a general tonic in the Middle Ages, beetroot still maintains its reputation today as a nutrient-dense superfood.
Health Benefits of Beetroot
The vibrant red beet is full of vitamins and minerals. However, it is also known to be a good source of betalains, a unique group of powerful antioxidants that are beneficial for supporting our body’s detoxification pathways. They are also a rich source of naturally occurring nitrates which have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health as well as sports performance (read more on this topic).
Beetroot & Exercise Recovery
Recent studies have found a correlation between recovery time after a hard workout, and consuming beetroot.
A study conducted at the University of North Umbria had 30 physically active male participants complete 100 intensive jump exercises, causing muscle damage in their legs. Over the following three days, these participants were required to drink either 250mL of the beetroot juice or a placebo.
The researchers found that participants consuming the beetroot-enhanced juice following the workout had reduced muscle soreness and 18% increased performance compared to the placebo group.
Why use Matakana SuperFoods Organic Beetroot Juice Powder?
Our Organic Beetroot Juice Powder is made from the vibrant red beetroot and contains numerous vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. To use: simply add to water, smoothies, juices, soups and baking. It can also be used as a natural food colouring – perfect for icings, dips or kids baking.
Our NEW Recovery Formula contains these organic powders: beetroot juice, pomegranate, goji berry concentrate, blackcurrant and red raspberry. This combination of nutritional goodness has been designed to provide athletes, gym goers and sports people with the perfect physical recovery aid.