The best juice for exercise such as weight lifting, yoga, and cycling is beetroot juice. Beetroot juice causes the body to produce more nitric oxide (NO), which improves blood flow and increases muscular endurance. One of many such scientific studies on the effect of beetroot juice and exercise notes:
Dietary supplementation with beetroot juice (BR) has been shown to reduce resting blood pressure and the O(2) cost of submaximal exercise and to increase tolerance to high-intensity cycling. We tested the hypothesis that the physiological effects of BR were consequent to its high NO(3)(-) content per se, and not the presence of other potentially bioactive compounds.
See, “”Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of walking and running: a placebo-controlled study.”
Beetroot juice has been scientifically proven to be a major exercise boost:
Six days of dietary nitrate supplementation in the form of beetroot juice (~0.5 L/d) has been reported to reduce pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO₂) during submaximal exercise and increase tolerance of high-intensity work rates, suggesting that nitrate can be a potent ergogenic aid.
See, “Nitrate supplementation’s improvement of 10-km time-trial performance in trained cyclists.”
Beet juice will improve your performance in the gym. Now how to use it?
Beet juice tastes earthy because a beet is short for beetroot. That is, beets grow in the ground like other roots. You need to scrub the layer of dirt off the beet in order to get a better taste.
You also need to balance beets with some sharpness and sweetness. Throw this into your juicer:
- 1 beet
- 2 lemons
- 2 carrots
Juice it all up. I add creatine, BCAAs and/or protein powder to mine.
I once gave some friends beet juice. They thought they had colon cancer, as their stools were red. Beet juice may turn your urine red or make your excretions look like red velvet cake. That’s perfectly natural.
Read next: Liver Detoxing Juices.