New research suggests drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain. This indicates beets may help fight the progression of dementia in older people. Researchers are centering in on the high nitrate level in beets, also found in other green leafy vegetables, because nitrates open up blood vessels and this may be the reason for the increased brain blood flow.
Previous studies have shown drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure. This new study looked at the areas of the brain that may be affected by the beet effect. Their results indicated “increased blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain most commonly associated with the degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions”.
Jay suggests adding beets to just about any of your vegetable juice recipes. However he cautions you to start with adding just a 1/4 of a beet to your juice combo and then increasing this daily until your body becomes accustomed to them.