It’s no secret that what we put in our bodies has a dramatic effect on how we look and feel, how we age, and our risk for chronic disease. And while there is no shortage of information on the health benefits of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, most people are unaware of the super health benefits of the following 4 nutraceuticals. The lack of knowledge is sad because increasing your intake of just one of them can produce dramatic benefits, and increasing all 4 can completely transform your health.
Beetroot is a superfood that does not garner the attention that it deserves. Beetroot is loaded with antioxidants and health-boosting vitamins and minerals. Studies have found it can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance, and potentially even prevent dementia. Beets are also one of the most effective nitric oxide boosters available in nature. This is beneficial because nitic oxide is a powerful antioxidant that controls inflammation, increases blood flow and oxygenation of the body, and helps to relax the artery walls (thereby reducing heart disease risk). Low nitric oxide levels can accelerate aging and the onset of age-related diseases and optimizing nitric oxide levels can dramatically enhance energy, improve sexual function, and promote overall health and vitality.
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When you consume plant nitrates the bacteria on your tongue convert them into nitrites, and then the gut converts the nitrites into nitric oxide. At least 80 of your nitrate intake comes from dietary vegetables and consuming foods high in plant nitrates will typically result in measurably higher nitric oxide levels several hours later. Beets are one of the richest plant-based sources of nitrates but they are also found in notable amounts in carrots, leafy greens (arugula, spinach, mustard greens etc.), celery, cabbage, and parsley. Studies show that consuming plant nitrates can result in more efficient energy production, better exercise performance, and improved exercise recovery (due to a reduction of lactate production). Nitrates also help to boost your immune system by helping the white blood cells to better protect you against harmful organisms.
Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is an organic form of sulfur. MSM helps reduce inflammation and also helps to scavenge hydroxyl free radicals — both of which are major contributors to aging and disease. Its potent anti-inflammatory properties help to relieve muscle and joint pain caused by injury or arthritis. MSM also helps to boost energy levels and immunity, it promotes detoxification, it enhances wound healing, it reduces allergy symptoms, it enhances joint flexibility, it promotes healthy hair, skin and nails; and preliminary research suggests it may also fight cancer. MSM is found naturally in foods such as egg yolks, cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onions, but only in small amounts. To experience its full therapeutic benefits, MSM should be taken in concentrated supplement-form.
Amino acids are organic compounds that help transport and store nutrients in the body. They play an essential role in every metabolic process, and all life processes for that matter. There are 20 amino acids in total, and they perform varying tasks. For example, l-tyrosine, GABA, and l-lysine help to boost human growth hormone, they accelerate recovery time, they help build muscle strength and promote lean body mass, and they help fight anxiety. L-arginine helps to boosts nitric oxide production, physical and mental performance, aerobic capacity, and heart health. These are just a few of thousands of examples of the importance of amino acids. Unfortunately, many of us are depleted in them, and a deficiency state accelerates aging, reduces energy and alertness, and can increase the risk for chronic disease.
How to Reap the Benefits of These Nutraceuticals
Consuming a wholefoods, plant-based diet, that includes plenty of beets, and at least 12 servings of various vegetables daily, is a great way to ensure you receive all of these nutrients. For more pronounced effects, you can also take one or all of them in supplement form. Beet Vitality (insert hyperlink http://delgadoprotocol.com/product/beet-vitality/) is a delicious powder supplement that contains all of the above nutrients, plus vitamin C and niacin, for added anti-aging and health-boosting benefits. This proprietary blended supplement is ideal for those who want to look younger, enhance sexual function, boost exercise performance, optimize immunity, protect heart health, and/or just feel more vital and energetic.
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