Magnesium is UNBEETABLE
Updated: Feb 17
For the past few years our research community discovered the benefits of Beet juice for heart health and for athletes performance.
There is no questions that there is a physical benefit from beets.
What needs to be understood is the benefits of beets are non-functioning without the ability of the body to generate the energy to convert beet juice into nitric oxide.
First things first.
Without energy, the body cannot exist.
The energy cycle is also known as the ATP(Adenosine Triphosphate) cycle.
To complete the 'cycle'; i.e. step 1, step 2, step 3, ATP requires Magnesium to get to the next step. When you do not have enough Magnesium to get to the next step, the cycle is incomplete and energy is not created.
For the body to convert beet juice into its usable nitric oxide, the active components need to go through a biochemical process; requiring Magnesium.
These two nutrients are co-dependent because of the energy relationship and because of the overlapping benefits. Nitric oxide production decreases every year of life, so at 50 the nitric oxide production is 50% or less of what is produced at 20. The metabolic slow down and health problems often begin around this age.
Drinking beet juice does raise nitric oxide levels in your body. Nitric Oxide is a critical gas in the body that supports respiration, circulation and maintaining homeostasis just to mention a few of its critical functions. This combination has stimulated athletes to supplement with beet juice for improved cardiorespiratory endurance and performance.
How does this relationship achieve the outcome of a short list of the following benefits:
greater blood flow
better muscle oxygenation
reduced muscle tension
improved lung function
stronger muscle contractions
The biochemical benefits has to do with the layers of tissue surrounding the vascular system. The vascular system involves; capillaries, veins, arteries, coronary arteries. The vascular system is composed of smooth muscle and layers of tissue. The layers of tissue within the vascular system are referred to as endothelial and subendothelial tissue.
The endothelial cells form the inner part of the membrane of the artery, while the subendothelial layer just beneath it contains elastin. Elastin allows for vascular contraction and expansion. Magnesium maintains healthy elastin preventing hardened arteries by maintaining the smooth muscle balance between Calcium and Magnesium.
Magnesium causes arterial relaxation and calcium causes contraction and together they control blood pressure and flow in the artery.
The heart muscle and coronary arteries are the work horse for proper blood flow to the heart. An imbalance with Calcium/Magnesium; greater Calcium to Magnesium, creates inflammation and potential for damage to the arterial wall, arterial hardening and blood clotting.
The natural function of calcium is to create a stronger wall and repair inflammation damage or tear, essentially protecting the damaged areas. The calcium build up causes rigidity and hardening; reducing the flexibility, contraction and dilation, while also creating areas of particulate build up.
This build up is also known as 'blocked arteries'.
The overlapping relationship between Magnesium and Nitric Oxide is; Nitric Oxide is a gas that aids in vascular dilation, while Magnesium is critical for the vascular walls to be pliable to expand and contract.
Research shows that insufficient levels of both Nitric Oxide and Magnesium create a greater risk for heart disease.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.