Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root
WHY IS ANTLER FARMS® NEW ZEALAND BEET ROOT BETTER THAN THE REST?
(1) Made in New Zealand
Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root is produced in the beautiful Canterbury Plains of New Zealand. The temperate year round weather conditions are ideal for growing the highest quality beets.
(2) Grown Outdoors
Our beets are cultivated in a clean, pollution free environment on deep-rooted family owned farms. The rich, fertile soil, natural sunlight and fresh rain water yield crops that are superior to conventionally grown beets.
(3) Nutrient Rich
Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root is a rich source of essential nutrients, nitrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Our beets are carefully harvested 50-70 days after sowing, when their nutritional values are at their peaks.
(4) Cold Processed
Our beets are freshly processed on location after harvest. The quick processing reduces the potential for nutritional degradation in our beet root while freeze drying ensures that the beneficial nutrients stay intact and bioavailable.
(5) Certified Organic
Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root is 100% pure, certified organic. We have a proven system for producing the highest quality organic beet root without the use of herbicides, pesticides, artificial fertilizers or GMOs.
Antler Farms® produces a certified organic, nutrient rich beet root that is 100% pure, raw, vegan and gluten free with no GMOs used.
Our beets are grown outdoors in natural sunlight, with fresh water, in the fertile soils of New Zealand’s Canterbury Plains, without the use of pesticides and free from environmental pollution. Here, our beets flourish under New Zealand’s temperate year round climate, which is ideal for growing the highest quality beets.
At their nutritional peaks, 50-70 days after sowing, our beets are harvested to produce a deep red, nutrient-rich beet root, packed with nitrates, antioxidants and other essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Our product contains no fillers, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.
What are the Benefits of Beet Root?
Beet root is a rich source of essential nutrients, nitrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It has been gaining popularity as not only a superfood but a functional food - around the world:
Beet Root is a powerful natural nitric oxide booster.
NITRIC OXIDE: Beet root has a high content of dietary nitrate. Nitrates are natural constituents of plants and are the main source of nitrogen needed for growth. Nitrates are made up of nitrogen and oxygen, NO3 (one nitrogen and three oxygen molecules). When consumed, nitrates interact with saliva and bacteria in the mouth and are converted into nitrites, NO2 (one nitrogen and two oxygen molecules). Salivary nitrite is metabolised in the stomach by a variety of enzymes to nitric oxide.
Nitric Oxide, also known as N.O., travels through the arteries. As a signaling molecule, it instructs arteries to relax. Therefore, nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator. It opens blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, and allows more oxygen to be delivered to muscles. The increased blood flow through the body improves energy levels, cardiovascular health and athletic endurance.
Beet root can reduce the amount of oxygen required by muscles to perform activities, increasing oxygen usage efficiency and aerobic capacity. In one study with cyclists, researchers found that their time trials improved by almost 3% after consuming beet root juice. The cyclists exhibited a 7-11% improvement in power output with no increase in oxygen cost of exercise. Another study with runners found that velocity increased by 3%. The participants' heart rates did not change even though their speed increased, again demonstrating increased oxygen efficiency. A study with divers found that they held their breath for up to 11% longer after consuming beet root juice.
The effects of nitrate on blood flow may also improve brain function by facilitating the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.
Beet Root protects the body by acting as a potent natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifier.
BETALAINS: Antler Farms® Organic Beet Root comes from the root of the red beet. Red beet root has been ranked as one of the 10 most potent antioxidant vegetables.
Their power comes from the vibrant red/violet color, which is derived from pigments called betalains. Beetroot is one of the few vegetables on earth that contain these highly bioactive phytochemicals.
Betalains have been shown to protect cells from oxidative injury. They neutralize toxins and support a cell’s natural detoxification process, protecting cellular components and strengthening antioxidant defenses. By supporting the body’s ability to detox on a cellular level, betalains also prevent inflammation. Moreso, beet root contains nitrate and several highly bioactive phenolics which are also known to be excellent antioxidants.
- VITAMINS & MINERALS: Beet root is also full of essential vitamins and minerals such as folate, manganese, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, copper, and potassium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber.
How is Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root Grown and Harvested?
Antler Farms® New Zealand Beet Root is grown outdoors, without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or artificial fertilizers.
We have a proven system for producing the highest quality organic beet root through careful management of weeds and pests through a variety of processes. These processes include crop rotation, management of soil nutrients, non-chemical weeding and approved pest control practices. Every batch of beet root is tested for ensure there is no E. coli, salmonella, yeast, mold and other harmful bacteria. Additional, we do random tests for heavy metals.
Our beet root is grown in the rich, fertile soil of New Zealand’s Canterbury Plains. Our soil is routinely tested each year before use to ensure it meets certified organic standards. On our sustainably managed and family owned farms, our beet root is grown in natural sunlight over the course of 50-70 days.
Our beet root is harvested precisely when its nutrients are at their peak concentration to provide the highest quality product with maximum nutritional content.
Once harvested, our beet root is washed and freeze dried. Cold processing is important as high temperatures decrease the bioavailability of dietary nitrate in beets. Freeze dried beet root delivers more nutrients, including dietary nitrate, than beets subjected to heat. After freeze drying is completed, our beet roots is milled into a powder, and packed for shipping.
HOW DO NITRATES IN BEETS DIFFER FROM NITRATES IN MEATS?
When we hear about nitrates, it is usually in a negative light. It is commonly believed that nitrates are unhealthy and should be avoided. However, that is an incomplete understanding. Nitrates are found naturally in fruits, vegetables and grains. They are an essential plant nutrient found in soil that is taken in by all plants and used as a primary nitrogen source. In it of themselves, nitrates are not bad for you.
However, when nitrates are exposed to high heat, in the presence of amino acids, they can turn into chemical compounds called nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are toxic. Most are strong carcinogens, which increase the risk of serious diseases like cancer signicantly. So nitrates, when added to cured meats such as salami, bacon and hot dogs as a color preservative, becomes a serious health risk.
Even though plants also contain nitrates/nitrites, they are rarely exposed to such high heat and thus, do not form nitrosamines. Therefore the positive health benefits due to the natural nitrates in vegetables such as beets are completely different than the harmful effects of the added nitrates in meats.