Beet those pesky lapses in memory:
Do you ever find yourself sitting through half the late movie-you know, what’s-it-called, starring what’s-his-face—before remembering you’ve already seen it? Have you forgotten where you left your coffee mug (next to your keys, wherever they are) again?
Maybe you need a shot of beet juice. New research indicates that the nitrates in beet juice (which convert to nitrites and nitric oxide in the body) open up oxygen-rich blood vessels. Even better, the nitrite gets the oxygen and blood to the exact place in the brain where you need them most.
That’s good news, because reduced blood flow to certain brain zones is linked to memory glitches, slower thinking and dementia. Though it will take more research to measure beet juice’s impact on your brain, several studies already have shown that it does good things for your body. Beet juice can lower your blood pressure within an hour of drinking two cups. It improves digestion. And it can make you a better athlete. In one study, it allowed cyclists to pedal up to 16 per cent longer with less fatigue.
But before you start tossing back beet shots, you’ll want to doctor up the flavor. We’ll save you the research-lab costs. Add apple juice. If the earthy taste is still hard to swallow, just load up on beet salad and other nitrate-rich foods, such as spinach, leafy green vegetables, celery, fennel, leeks, kohlrabi and Chinese cabbage. There, you should be ready to finish filling out that MENSA application now-you left it next to your keys.
Source: (You Docs/Health Tips (From Mehmet Oz. M.D. And Michael Roizen, M.D.)