Organic Beetroot PowderFor a long time, beet powder was primarily used as a dye or sweetener. It provides some natural sweetness without adding sugar to items, so beet powder shows up in many health recipes. The powder can also be used to dye fabric or color food without resorting to harmful artificial red dye. Some people also mix it with carrier oils to create blush or lipsticks that contain no artificial ingredients.
Though beet powder continues to be useful for these reasons, more and more people are taking it as a nutritional supplement. Just a teaspoon of beetroot powder is equivalent to an entire beet, and contains tons of healthy nutrients.
Beets are particularly useful for maintaining heart health because they contain a lot of nitrate. According to a 2008 study in the medical journal, Hypertension, ingesting beetroot can help to significantly lower blood pressure. Since high blood pressure is linked to strokes, dementia and cardiovascular disease, the ability of beets to lower blood pressure can be life-changing.
The ability to lower blood pressure is not the only heart-healthy benefit associated with beetroot powder. The nitrate supplementation from beets also helps blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body more effectively. This leads to more endurance during exercise and higher oxygen levels in the brain. Overall, more oxygenation leads to better physical and mental performance. For example, athletes who took beets before they ran or biked in one trial had a 2.8 percent shorter time.