Healthy Insight: Feel Better Up High

At high altitude, blood vessels contract, depriving the body of oxygen. Beet juice contains nitrate, a natural vascular smooth-muscle  relaxer that helps dilate blood vessels. In this study, doctors gave 11 men and women beet juice with or without nitrate in alternating phases, before and during a high altitude expedition. While there were no changes during the placebo phases, during the nitrate phases, blood vessels relaxed and returned to normal dilating function. Doctors said the natural nitrate in beet juice may help give the body the oxygen boost it needs at high altitude. (Reference: Journal of Nitric Oxide; August, 2015, No.)

2 medium to large size beets, rinsed, peeled and quartered
1 apple, peeled, cored and quartered
1 tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
3 whole carrots, rinsed and peeled
Up to 1 c apple juice

Place all dry ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, adding apple juice as needed to get mixture moving. Then, place a fine mesh strainer over
a large bowl and pour in the juice. Using a rubber spatula press the pulp down into the strainer and squeeze all of the juice out. Let juice continue to drip for about 5 more minutes. Discard pulp and pour juice into glass. Drink immediately.


Recipe courtesy of Natural Insights for Well Being, February 2016.