Beet juice or powder for better erectile performance: could it be the answer?
You may not have liked beets when you were younger. I know I didn’t but nowadays, it might be just what we need to get hard.
Or at least, that’s what the latest rumours say!
So, can the lowly beetroot improve your erectile performance?
If so, how?
Let’s discover the properties of this vegetable that can be far more useful than to simply make Borscht!
Beet Juice and Erectile Performance
The scientific community started to get excited about beetroot a decade ago.
When a study showed that red beetroot juice could be effective to reduce blood pressure – or BP – in otherwise healthy men and women.
The theory back then was that the nitrites* contained in the beet could substantially decrease blood pressure.
And also, inhibit blood clotting and prevent endothelial dysfunction (endothelial cells line your blood vessels and they need to dilate well in order to prevent strokes and heart attacks).
*Nitrites are a source for the potent nitric oxide, a vasodilator that ensures a lovely blood flow.
Over time, a myriad of studies on the subject appeared trying to solve the mystery connecting beetroot juice to an improved BP.
For instance, a more recent study found that, in overweight men, beet juice was far more effective with a meal, and more precisely a meal rich in healthy fats. (1)
This does suggest that some compound in the juice may be fat soluble and are better absorbed by our bodies with a meal rather than alone.
Another study published in 2016 gave the 69 participants a nitrate rich beet juice for 6 weeks.
However, the results were not statistically significant but a small decrease of BP was observed and beet juice was effective at improving vascular function. (2)
As you go through the scientific literature on beet juice, you will observe incoherent results. Some studies will have far more successful results and others, not quite as much.
Which tells us that we still have much more to learn about the pretty red beet!
But when it comes to beet juice or powder for better erectile performance, is there any correlation?
Well, the studies mentioned show that nitrate rich beet juice or powder is indeed a good way to prevent vascular issues and improve upon them.
Thus, by doing so, to put it simply, your improve your blood flow and consequently, that’s more blood that gets to your willy!
But how does it work?
Beet Juice or Powder for Better Erectile Performance
When it comes to erectile dysfunction – or ED – beet juice could help by improving blood flow.
So, basically what happens is that the nitrates found in the beet will be converted into nitric oxide by your body.
This is gas that serves as a vasodilator to open blood vessels and to maintain pressure in the corpus cavernosum, the area that allows you to maintain an erection.
Basically, the corpus cavernosum is an erectile tissue rich in blood vessels.
When you get hard, your brain and nerve signals will cause this tissue to relax and become engorged with precious blood.
And with all that blood “trapped”, an erection is triggered.
How to Benefit from Beet Juice or Powder?
To get the best from your beets, get them fresh and make your own juice with a processor or a juicer. Also, you can add the greens for extra goodness!
If the juice is too sweet for you, you can cut out the sweetness with some celery stalks, ginger and carrots.
If you want to go the other way, apples and oranges mix well with beet.
Drink this juice at least twice a day and for a minimum of two weeks to observe positive results.
However, if you want to choose the powder variety, make sure to find a reputable vendor and read attentively the feedback of the other customers.
Beet Juice or Powder – Conclusion
As of now, what we know about beet juice or powder for better erectile performance is mainly anecdotal.
Indeed, there’s a real need for more thorough studies on the matter.
But we do know that beet juice is effective at improving blood pressure, increasing nitric oxide levels and thus, improving erectile function. However, the results may vary according to your own current health.
So, I can only encourage you to experiment with beets by yourself and maybe try other strategies simultaneously to boost your results.
Also, at the end of the day, beets are high in iron, potassium, manganese, vitamin C and folate.
That’s a good nutritious cocktail that definitely won’t hurt you or your health!
Most people do not experience side effects when consuming beet juice.
Nonetheless, some people can experience red urine, which is a harmless condition that will go away as soon as they stop eating them.
Moreover, if you have a history of kidney stones, limit your beetroot consumption and in doubt, ask your doctor.
And last but not least, if you are diabetic or at risk, don’t overdo it either, beets are high in sugar!
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This article was written by Michael King.
(1) Beetroot juice improves in overweight and slightly obese men postprandial endothelial function after consumption of a mixed meal. Joris PJ, Mensink RP. Atherosclerosis. 2013.
(2) Dietary nitrate improves vascular function in patients with hypercholesterolemia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Shanti Velmurugan, Jasmine Ming Gan, Krishnaraj S Rathod, Rayomand S Khambata, Suborno M Ghosh, Amy Hartley, Sven Van Eijl, Virag Sagi-Kiss, Tahseen A Chowdhury, Mike Curtis, Gunter GC Kuhnle, William G Wade, Amrita Ahluwalia. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016.