Experts from the University of Washington proved that beet juice increases the force of contraction of the heart muscle in patients with cardiovascular disease. A similar effect is observed in athletes, says Financial Express.
Two hours after consuming a serving of beet juice strength of heart contractions increased by 13%. The patients noted the vigor and the presence of additional forces, after the juice they could no longer deal with the daily chores, to make more powerful moves, to withstand heavy load on the cardiovascular system. However, the effect was short-lived, in terms of long-term effects of beet juice does not affect.
Note, athletes, especially cyclists and runners have long used freshly squeezed beet juices to enhance endurance and improve athletic performance. Beetroot contains a lot of nitrate that is converted in the body to nitric oxide. This substance dilates blood vessels and normalizes metabolism.