You might be familiar with traditionally cultured beets -- like beet kvass, the probiotic tonic that’s been enjoyed in Russia and Ukraine for centuries. What you may not know is that beets are making a comeback. Especially the fermented variety.
Beets, while delicious and nutritious, have been overlooked in our modern world. But as more research explores and confirms their benefits, expect to see them popping up everywhere, at your favorite restaurant or even on your dinner table. Fermenting solves the sugar problem -- a major concern for many -- neutralizing much of beets’ sugar content with the help of beneficial bacteria that take gut health to the next level.
Here are some of the biggest reasons to love Body Ecology’s BeetBiotic™:
- Extra-nutritious. A beet beats a banana when it comes to potassium levels. Beets are also rich in folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A and C.
- Energy-boosting protein. Fermenting naturally breaks down protein into amino acids your body can use. BeetBiotic™ is an easy-to-digest source of vegetarian protein.
- Blood pressure balancer. Diets high in certain fruits and vegetables, and beetroot juice, in particular, has been shown to potentially have a balancing effect on blood pressure.3
- Heart protective. COPD and heart failure patients supplementing beetroot have seen exercise duration increase.4 The COPD patients also had lower blood pressure.5
- Sports drink alternative - As good for your gut as it is convenient, BeetBiotic™ also helps hydrate and improve performance. Beetroot has helped elite cyclists finish faster.6
- Better overall health. Probiotics make robust health possible by aiding in digestion and nutrient uptake. They even help produce key vitamins, like B and K, for healing.7
What really makes beets so hard to beat is their exceptional nitrate levels.
Nitrates are natural chemicals your body converts into nitric oxide (NO), which works as a vasodilator. This explains beets’ profound effect on the heart and blood pressure. NO is also a big supporter of detoxification, lung function, and immunity.8,9 Not having enough NO can elevate your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, and diabetes.10-13
BeetBiotic™ has unbeatable benefits. You’ll get more than you bargained for with these ingredients:
- Organic beetroot - A reliable source of nitrates that is also alkalizing, i.e., soothing to your body, when fermented.
- Organic biodynamic brown rice - A high-protein brown rice made even more nutrient-rich through intuitive, biodynamic farming.
- Organic ginger - A spicy root used in ancient China and India for millennia, helping to ease nausea, aches, inflammation, infection, and even asthma.14
- Organic fennel seed - A medicinal seed, rich in nitrates and traditionally consumed in India, known to regulate blood pressure, appetite, and digestion.15
- Organic maqui berry - A powerful superfruit revered by indigenous Chilean people, offering support for the eyes, heart, gut, blood pressure, and inflammation.16,17
- Organic millet - A nutritious, high-protein "grain-like" seed that can help stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol.18
- Organic pulses - A high-protein blend of mung beans, chickpeas, and lentils made more bioavailable (and digestible) when fermented.
- Organic quinoa - A mineral-rich "grain-like" seed prized for being a complete protein (containing all nine essential amino acids).
Raw and cooked beets are brimming with good-for-you compounds and phytochemicals -- including betacyanin, the oxygen-promoting plant pigment that gives beets their bright-red color.
But fermented beets still can’t be beat, thanks to their low sugar content and potent probiotic profile. The sugar in raw beets can feed the opportunistic yeast candida, producing potentially harmful oxalates that may cause painful kidney stones to form. Fermenting breaks down the sugar in beets, and beneficial L. plantarum bacteria help degrade oxalates.
You don’t have to settle for less. Naturally fermenting beets helps preserve their nutrients and enhance their health benefits. Fermenting even cuts down on levels of antinutrients that can make it harder to absorb critical minerals. Beets cultured with superior probiotic strains like L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, and L. delbreukii are hardy enough to survive the trip through the digestive tract, successfully reaching and recolonizing their destination: your intestines.19
How to use: Aim to drink 2 to 3 ounces per day as a probiotic power shot, to support good gut health and for maintenance. Drink as needed and as desired throughout the day, and get creative: Mix BeetBiotic™ into a smoothie, mocktail or cocktail, mineral water, kefir, or salad dressing for an energy boost or to calm digestive troubles. Or use it to inoculate your next batch of cultured vegetables.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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