The Benefits Of Beet Root
Beet root (Beta Vulgaris) has a lot to show off after its round root is plucked from the ground. Showcasing an extraordinary nutritional profile, beet root is packed with essential nutrients like fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
Better yet, one of beet root’s most beneficial compounds is its inorganic nitrates. Through a process called nitric oxide synthase the body converts these valuable nitrates into nitric oxide that promote greater blood flow, helps to balance blood pressure, and increases energy and activity performance.
While there are a number of different kinds of beets, arguably the most common in North America is red beets, known for their scarlet-red circular patterned interior. Red beets get their vibrant coloring from a compound called betalain. In addition to giving red beets their color profile, betalain is also rich in antioxidants, supports detoxification, and boosts immunity.
The Advantages of Fermented Beet Root
As with most vegetables, how you prepare beet root effects its nutritional benefits. Some of the most common ways to cook beet root are to boil or roast them (which are both perfectly fine).
As mentioned, beet root contains a tremendous amount of nutrients, but it also has a high sugar content. For that reason fermented or pickled beet preparation helps to heighten the health benefits of beet root. The yeast bacteria produced during traditional fermentation processes consumes much of beet root’s sugar content, while leaving all of its nutrients and compounds intact. Fermentation also boosts bioavailability (or the amount of nutrients your body absorbs and utilizes) by breaking down hard to digest nutrients and beneficial compounds.
It gets even better because when consuming the probiotics and enzymes that flourish in fermented beet root and other fermented vegetables, you’re also supporting the health of your gut, digestive system, and helping to boost immune system function.
As for taste, fermentation mixes the naturally earthy flavor profile of beets with a jab of sour and saltiness.
Why PrimeMyBody Uses Fermented Beet Root Juice Powder in CORE+
When formulating CORE+, our updated cardio and heart health supplement, there was no doubt that beet root was going to be a primary ingredient. When researching and testing which type of beet root to use we weighed the effects that a certain daily hygiene routine plays on beet root’s effectiveness to create nitric oxide.
Statistics show that one-third to two-thirds of the U.S. population uses mouthwash. While using mouthwash helps to rectify bad breath and destroys bad bacteria, it also kills off good oral bacteria that is crucial to the conversion of nitrates—found in beets and leafy greens—to nitric oxide.
For this reason we created a highly specialized and completely proprietary fermented beet root juice powder. Unlike traditional beet root powders in most nitric oxide supplements, the fermented beet root juice powder in CORE+ contains pre-converted nitrates to nitrites. Consuming our exclusive beet root formulation means the moment CORE+ mingles with your mouth, whether you’re a mouthwash user or not, nitric oxide begins to generate and circulate throughout the body.
How To Grow Your Own Beets
Beet root is a vegetable most people can grow fairly easily. Just be sure to time your cultivation of beet root around its preferred growth temperature which is 50 to 60 degrees. In North America, these weather conditions are most favorable in the spring or late summer —before those hints of fall swirl in.
1. Soak Those Seeds: To jump start germination, soak your beet root seeds 24 hours prior to planting.
2. Loose Soil Conditions: To allow space for that delicious root to grow, ensure that the soil is moderately loose and free of rocks or obstructions.
3. Keep ‘Em Separated: Beet roots like their space. When sowing seeds we suggest planting them roughly 3 to 5 inches apart and 1 inch underground.
4. Plenty Of Sun: Beet roots like sun, preferably 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.
5. Water As Needed: If your location hits a dry spell or tends to be drier, be sure to keep your beet roots moist. It’s suggested that a beet root patch gets roughly 1 inch of water per square food per week.
6. Expect to harvest your beet root 6-8 weeks after initial planting.