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According to recent research, inorganic nitrates in beet juice are converted in the body to nitrite and nitric oxide, a molecule involved in blood vessel dilation. As a result, beet juice has been found to enhance blood flow to muscles and to the brain. Here’s a look at several beet juice benefits that have been explored in scientific studies.

Lower High Blood Pressure

Some research shows that drinking beet juice may help bring your blood pressure down. In a 2015 study published in Hypertension, for instance, drinking 250 milliliters (about 8.4 ounces) of beet juice daily was found to lower high blood pressure.1 After four weeks of daily beetroot juice, participants with hypertension had a significant decrease in blood pressure compared to those who drank a placebo (a nitrate-free beet juice). What’s more, researchers found an improvement in endothelial function (the functioning of the inner lining of blood vessels). 

Exercise Performance and Stamina

Often consumed by athletes to improve performance, some studies suggest that drinking beet juice may help boost stamina and improve exercise performance. In a report published in 2017, for instance, scientists reviewed 23 previously published studies on the effects of beet juice supplementation (alone and in combination with other supplements) on cardiorespiratory endurance in athletes.2 Results showed that beet juice improved endurance, increased the time to exhaustion, and may increase oxygen flow.

Inflammation

Beet juice may benefit obese people by curbing inflammation (a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer), according to a study published in 2009.3

The study also showed that beet juice may fight free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA).