Brain Health,
Nutrition,
26 MINS

#041: Daniel Kim-Shapiro on Beetroot Juice and Cognition

July 08, 2014
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In episode #41 Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice. They discuss the nitrogen cycle and its effects on brain function, safe levels of nitrate consumption, and why you should have listened to your mother all those years!

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Show Notes
  • 00:01:17

    Shout out to Inc magazine

  • 00:01:42

    This Week In Neuroscience – Video games to improve cognition in older people.

  • 00:03:16

    Why beetroot juice.

  • 00:03:58

    Daniel Kim Shapiro tells us what goes on at Translational Science Center.

  • 00:05:39

    Study on the effect of beetroot juice on cognition and a walk through the nitrogen cycle.

  • 00:07:08

    Blood flow vs blood pressure.

  • 00:08:23

    Nitrate – Nitrite – Nitric Oxide cycle.

  • 00:11:26

    What Daniel is working on now.

  • 00:12:06

    Heart health is brain health.

  • 00:13:46

    Some other high nitrate foods.

  • 00:18:18

    Why your mom always tells you to chew your food.

  • 00:21:36

    Daniel's involvement with beetroot juice and nitrite projects.

  • 00:22:37

    Death by caffeine.

  • 00:23:48

    Smart Drug Smarts does not condone any kind of thievery. A weird human interest story.

4 comments

  1. Gabriel says:

    If the process for the benefits is in the mouth, why use juice instead of chewing the whole beet root?

  2. Gabriel says:

    If the process for the benefits is in the mouth, why use juice instead of chewing the whole beet root?

  3. ben says:

    For a more salacious title, this episode should be called, “Eat Hot Dogs for Improved Circulation!”, since really it’s more about nitrates->nitrites not so much beetroots. BTW, celery should also be added to the list of foods that are high in sodium nitrates.

    The great Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel had a good episode on this a while back,
    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/are-nitrates-and-nitrites-bad-for-you

    Paleo specialist, Chris Kresser also agrees!
    https://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon/

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      You’re right; that title would win for salaciousness. 🙂 Good note/addition re: celery, too. Thanks!

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