Read in the newspaper yesterday that "eating beetroot increases stamina and the nitrate in beetroot leads to a reduction in oxygen intake, making longer periods of exercise possible."
So on my quick search online tonight I found this (one of many articles).
Health benefits of beetroot:
Beetroot is known as a natural detoxifier and blood cleanser.
Beetroot is rich in a number of nutrients that are vital for the full and efficient function of your immune system.
Beetroot encourages the production of antibodies to fight against free radicals and other disease or infection in your body.
Beetroot (also known as Beets) is also high in nutritional iron which helps to facilitate creation of red blood cells and helps to move oxygen towards your cells, enabling the body to repair itself.
Beetroot also contains other minerals such as manganese which is important for the formation of interferon that is an important anti-cancer substance.
Beetroot are bright red because of the betanin pigment found in beets. This pigment is also known as prominent anthocyanin antioxidant and it helps to ward against heart disease and cancer by combating free radicals.
These antioxidants also help provide foundation support for your liver and kidney function. Beetroot also is high in fiber (dietary fibre) which is important for heart and intestinal health.
Beetroot is also good for reducing blood pressure, research has even shown that a daily beetroot can improve hypertension and prevent heart disease.
Beetroot also has an amazing cleansing power and the ability to increase your haemoglobin, as well as cleansing the waste products in your blood and bloodstream.
mmmm...I like pickled beetroot though it has been quite a while since I had it..but now may be I should start eating them regularly, at least during my training period (into my 3rd day of walking/jogging)..hehehe...