" before beetroot juice can be safely used in the clinical setting, further research is necessary"
This sounds familiar. Further research, anyone? Sounds like vasodilation is involved. I think it would be nice to have a map of the body, with knobs you could twirl to see the effects of vasodilation and vasoconstriction in specific areas. I think it is a neglected area. I believe that the state of tone in vessels of the body is critically related to available energy and O2. There must be a significant component of total energy requirement of the body used simply to dilate some vessels and contract others, resulting in optimum distribution of food, O2, and heat. These are not big muscles, most of them, but there are 60,000 miles of them (give or take). I believe homeostasis of many systems depends on this muscle layer, and the health if its energy delivery systems.
I still have seen no discussion of cerebral veins, and have no concrete verification of the statement that brain veins have no smooth muscle layer. If true, that might be a factor in the "design" of these systems in the brain.
I just watched the world's fastest man break his own record, and win Olympic gold. I think the effect of beetroot and other nitric oxide agents should legally affect performance.
Beetroot juice safety should be taught in elementary school.
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