Trivalent chromium (Cr) is an essential trace element in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. In recent research, Farrokhian et al. (2019) found chromium to be effective for people who have diabetes and suffer with coronary heart issues.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was done with 64 diabetic patients with heart issues and found that 200 μg chromium increased insulin sensitivity compared with placebo, as well as a significant reduction in C-reactive protein and an elevation in total antioxidant capacity. Chromium also reduced high blood pressure and had even a beneficial impact on weight.
This is very good news, so why add beetroot when chromium has such beneficial results on its own?
Beetroot, especially with a high nitrate capacity is found to confer cardiovascular health (Beals et al., 2017). Beetroot has also shown to lower blood pressure as well as help with weight management (Jajja et al., 2014). And lastly, Beetroot with its betalain pigment is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (Clifford et al., 2015).
For exercise: the researchers of Baily et al. (2009) found an improved oxygen delivery to the muscles, which helps athlete gain endurance and strength. In 2019, Husmann et al. designed a study to find out if beetroot can reduce muscle fatigue, and found that high nitrate beetroot juice increased exercise ability with less pain.
- Bailey, S. J., Winyard, P., Vanhatalo, A., Blackwell, J. R., DiMenna, F. J., Wilkerson, D. P., … & Jones, A. M. (2009). Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans. Journal of applied physiology, 107(4), 1144-1155.
- Beals, J.W., Binns, S.E., Davis, J.L., Giordano, G.R., Klochak, A.L., Paris, H.L. … Bell, C. (2017). Concurrent Beet Juice and Carbohydrate Ingestion: Influence on Glucose Tolerance in Obese and Nonobese Adults. J Nutr Metab, 2017:6436783.
- Farrokhian, A., Mahmoodian, M., Bahmani, F., Amirani, E., Shafabakhsh, R., & Asemi, Z. (2019). The Influences of Chromium Supplementation on Metabolic Status in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Coronary Heart Disease. Biological Trace Element Research, 1-8.
- Jajja, A., Sutyarjoko, A., Lara, J., Rennie, K., Brandt, K., Qadir, O., Siervo, M. (2014). Beetroot supplementation lowers daily systolic blood pressure in older, overweight subjects. Nutr Res. 34(10), 868-75.
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