When you’re young, your brain functions like a well-oiled machine. Smooth calculations, a steel-trap memory, and lightening face recall are just the norm.
But as you add candles to your birthday cake, things can start to slow down.
A brain that’s no longer delivering a peak performance can be frustrating. Or worse, it can be downright frightening.
Don’t panic. And don’t give up. There’s a powerful, all-natural compound that could help you hold on to your turbo-charged memory and lightning-quick mental reflexes. And that’s true, no matter your age.
But when you run short on this potent substance, you can struggle with mood, memory, and more. In fact, falling too far short could even contribute to cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease.
And ironically, it’s your OWN BODY that produces this compound. In fact, you’re making it right now, as you read this.
The trouble is getting it into your brain in the amounts you need, when you need it, can be challenging. But today, I’ll be sharing a trick with you to do JUST that.
And as weird as it sounds, the humblest of the root vegetables, the beet, is the brain hero we’ll be turning to.
Beet juice may be the secret to a younger brain
As we get older, blood flow typically becomes more sluggish. And no place feels that slowdown worse than your brain.
Slower circulation can lead to poor cognition, memory struggles, and sometimes even full-blown dementia.
But studies show that merely drinking BEET JUICE could help widen blood vessels, boosting circulation all over… including blood flow to your brain. And that could mean heading off those thinking troubles.
In one small but very promising, study older men and women were given either a nitrate-rich beet juice supplement or a placebo one hour before a brisk 50-minute walk on a treadmill.
Now, we know that walking alone can help enhance blood flow and improve brain function. That’s why EVERYONE should go for a walk each day.
But the scientists were stunned to see the vast difference in the two groups.
Specifically, the folks who got the juice had significantly higher levels of blood-flow-friendly nitrates and nitrites. Plus, they had better connectivity inside the brain.
In short, the brains of the beet-juice enhanced older adults performed better. And they operated in much the same way a younger brain does, according to the study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
Try a natural NO boost for better function
Experts believe it’s the bump in nitric oxide (NO)… caused by those extra nitrates and nitrites… that’s likely behind the impressive brain boost.
You see, NO is naturally drawn to any parts of your body that are running low on oxygen. And since your brain is an oxygen hog, especially during exercise, NO speeds its way to your head. Which means it ends up feeding your thinker extra oxygen when it needs it most.
But your brain doesn’t just enjoy all the benefits of the oxygen blast at that moment. Over the longer term, that could help you in a far more critical way. Another study found that the increase in blood and oxygen to the brain could make beet juice an effective deterrent to dementia.
Beet juice has become a common sight in supermarkets, making it easy enough to try if you want to see if it works for you. One brand I like is called Biotta.
You could also look for a beetroot supplement such as the Beet-It Sport Shot used in the study.
Or, if you have a juicer, you can make your own. Since raw, unsweetened beet juice tends to be a bit bitter, I suggest mixing it with another healthy juice such as carrot.
And be careful because beet juice stains. I learned that lesson the hard way.