Beet Root: Nature’s Viagra

Men, if your parents ever told you to eat your beets growing up, give them a call and thank them. As it turns out, beetroot is the one vegetable that can have an immense impact on your sexual life, especially for men. That is not to say that women won’t benefit from the root vegetable too. It helps boost their libido as well.

Some studies suggest that beetroot works in a similar manner as does drug prescribed for erectile dysfunction. This root vegetable is rich in nitrates, a naturally found inorganic element present in air, water and certain foods. Consumption of beetroot helps one suffering from low libido or erectile dysfunction to increase the levels of nitric oxide in the body which boosts sexual health.

When you eat beetroot, the nitrates present in the vegetable are converted into nitrite in the mouth by the bacteria present in the oral cavity. When the vegetable is chewed and swallowed, the bacteria in stomach converts it into nitric oxide, a gas that helps blood vessels to dilate and boost circulation. Regular consumption of beetroot helps blood vessels in the genitals to open up and improve circulation. This helps in better erection in men during sexual intercourse and helps last longer in the bed too.

The nitrates converted into the erection-boosting gas peak about 3 hours after eating a food high in nitrates.

In one beet root juice trial, Systolic blood pressure dropped by 10.4 mm and Diastolic blood pressure dropped by 8 mm 2 1/2 hours after the subjects drank the juice.

The beet juice also reduced endothelial dysfunction in the subjects. This means it protected the inner lining of the blood vessels and improved their ability to dilate….which is exactly what you want to happen when you’re attempting to have a harder erection.