Is Beet Juice Good for Weight Loss? A New Study Says It Helps

Red Rush EventsRecently, Berkeley Test, the makers of the world’s finest Nitric Oxide Test Strips, posted a new study on their Facebook page. The study, published in the September 2014 issue of Diabetes, is titled “Inorganic Nitrate Promotes the Browning of White Adipose Tissue through the Nitrate-Nitrite-Nitric Oxide Pathway.”  Presumably this study was titled by the brothers, Larry and James Badtitlewriters.

From The Diabetes Journal Abstract:

Inorganic nitrate was once considered an oxidation end-product of nitric oxide metabolism with little biological activity. However, recent studies have demonstrated that dietary nitrate can modulate mitochondrial function in man and is effective in reversing features of the metabolic syndrome in mice. Using a combined histological, metabolomics, and transcriptional and protein analysis approach we mechanistically define that nitrate not only increases the expression of thermogenic genes in brown-adipose tissue but also induces the expression of brown adipocyte-specific genes and proteins in white adipose tissue, substantially increasing oxygen consumption and fatty acid β-oxidation in adipocytes. Nitrate induces these phenotypic changes through a mechanism distinct from known physiological small molecule activators of browning, the recently identified nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. The nitrate-induced browning effect was enhanced in hypoxia, a serious co-morbidity affecting white adipose tissue in obese individuals, and corrected impaired brown adipocyte-specific gene expression in white adipose tissue in a murine model of obesity. Since resulting beige/brite cells exhibit anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects, nitrate may be an effective means of inducing the browning response in adipose tissue to treat the metabolic syndrome.

Sure, this is all as bright as a double rainbow, but what does it mean? 

In translation: Dietary nitrate helps turn white fat into beige fat. “Beige fat is an energy-burning form of adipose tissue embedded in white fat,” The Scientist Magazine explains. Brown fat is a fairly recent scientific discovery. They know that lean people and children have more brown fat and that brown fat helps the body burn off white fat. While not being a cure for obesity, the presence of beige fat seems to be a significant weight-loss factor. Increasing the amount of brown fat embedded in your white fat, may improve the effectiveness of diet and exercise for weight loss.

So if this study is correct, drinking beet juice will not only increase your stamina, allowing you to do 10-16% more exercise, it could also turn your white fat into fat brown, making it easier for you to lose weight.

As a marketer of  Red Rush, the world’s greatest and tastiest beet juice, all I have to say is “this is really good news.”

The Backyard Brawl: A Story in Pictures

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Carlee Shepherd and Lacy Smith- Red Rush Athletes

On Saturday,  Red Rush and Snake River CrossFit hosted the first annual Backyard Brawl. We had so much fun that we’re doing it again next year. Around 200 people, athletes and spectators, gathered at Red Rush World Headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.

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Registration started at 8:30 am. The day started out chilly and rainy and most people gathered under the canopy to stay dry.

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Backyard Brawl

The crew from Snake River CrossFit explained how the event was structured and then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.IMG_3998

Andrew, Tony (pictured) and Frank explained the first WOD.

Part 1.

25 Ground to Overhead with a weight.

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Red Rush Quality Assurance Associate, Phillip Jermann

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Red Rush Quality Assurance Manager and Bravest Soul Among Us for taking on the Intermediate Class, Ryan Davis

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Audio/Video Associate Nic Wright hitting it hard in the Advanced Division

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Red Rush Athlete Mike Davis

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Red Rush Athlete Lacy Smith

Part 2: Lunge across the field w/weight, no weight for scaled.

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Red Rush Marketing Associate/Copywriter, Josh Peterson scaled as heck.

Part 3: 25 Burpees onto a weight

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Backyard Brawl

This was followed by what might have been the single most brutal event of the day, the plate push. Just look at the agony!

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Part 5: 25 Weighted Squats

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Brady Winkles: Red Rush Athlete

Part 6: Sprint back to the other side w/weight.

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WOD 2: 

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Seven minutes of kettlebell swings. Each minute sprint 40m. The most swings wins.

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Thomas Hine: Newly minted Red Rush athlete

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Carlee Shepherd, Red Rush Athlete

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Part 3: Barbell Ladder

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Those who qualified after the first two rounds went on the compete in a weightlifting competition.

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This guy lifted 235 lbs with a bee attacking his face

This guy lifted 235 lbs with a bee attacking his face

Bee Face

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The winners were announced. IMG_6212 IMG_6187 IMG_6292 IMG_6223 IMG_6244 IMG_6265

Full Results Here: 

Other Things: 

The Uncommon Breed guys dressed up as vegetables:

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Nonchalant Vegetable Men and Frank Beauvais, owner of Snake River CrossFit

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Kollin Cockrell held a weightlifting clinic.

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The Backyard Brawl Results

Backyard Brawl Results

On Saturday, Red Rush and Snake River CrossFit held the first-ever Backyard Brawl on the lawn of Red Rush World HQ. Over 100 athletes participated in a grueling series of WODs. Another hundred folks gathered to watch. It was an absolute blast. That being said, here are the results of the competition.

Women’s Novice Class Winners

Backyard Brawl Results

1 Laurel Holloway- Four Rivers Crossfit Gym
2 Shannon Hallam-CrossFit ADL
3 Leslie Hoppins

Men’s Novice Class: 

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1 Josh Talkington- None
2 Zach Aparicio- Idaho Athletic
3 Phillip Jermann- (Red Rush Employee)

Women’s Intermediate Class:

Backyard Brawl Results

1 Danielle Ricco- CrossFit Acclaim
2 Alana Booth- Boise CrossFit
3. Ivory Carr- Boise CrossFit

Men’s Intermediate Class: 

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1 Nick Brady:  CrossFit South Boise
2 Keaton Nelson:  SRCF
3 Chris King: SRCF

Women’s Advanced Class: 

Backyard Brawl Results 1 Sarah Dunn- CrossFit Meridian
2 Carlee Shepherd- CrossFit Meridian (Red Rush Athlete)
3 Lacy Smith -CrossFit Meridian (Red Rush Athlete)

Men’s Advanced Class: 

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1 Mason Glasgow- CrossFit South Boise
2 Brady Winkles- Crossfit Meridian (Red Rush Athlete)
3 Thomas Hine- CrossFit 208 (Red Rush Athlete)

Full Results: 

Novice Class Women Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 3 Laurel Holloway Four Rivers Crossfit Gym 2 3 4:35 4:35 1 213 1 125 1
2 11 Shannon Hallam Crossfit ADL 2 7 5:13 5:13 2 171 4 85 5
3 13 Leslie Hoppins 2 10 5:25 5:25 3 166 7 105 3
4 13 Alison Ruoff Crossfit Meridian 1 1 6:12 6:12 6 169 5 115 2
5 14 Amy Nixon Crossfit ADL 1 3 6:17 6:17 7 189 2 85 5
6 15 Andrea Day CrossFit Collision at FitImpact 1 4 6:38 6:38 8 177 3 95 4
7 24 Lucy Leatherman SRCF 2 5 6:46 6:46 9 162 8 7
8 27 Kristin Hansen-Mellish SRCF 2 2 6:59 6:59 11 149 9 7
9 28 Desiree Senna 4 10 5:36 5:36 4 126 17 7
10 30 Cheri Beauvais SRCF 1 7 9:25 9:25 18 169 5 7
11 30 Jennifer Stevens Crossfit E3 1 8 7:16 7:16 12 144 11 7
12 30 Taylor Hiatt Crossfit Meridian 2 8 6:07 6:07 5 115 18 7
13 32 Angela Putnam SRCF 1 5 7:29 7:29 14 144 11 7
14 32 Kennedy Sheets SRCF 2 1 6:48 6:48 10 134 15 7
15 33 Kendra Obray SRCF 1 10 9:07 9:07 17 149 9 7
16 34 Betty Esparza SRCF 1 6 7:26 7:26 13 135 14 7
17 34 Karen Caywood 1 9 7:29 7:29 14 140 13 7
18 38 Linda selvig Boise CrossFit 2 4 8:10 8:10 16 134 15 7
19 46 Amber Strong E3 1 2 9:35 9:35 19 93 20 7
20 46 Melissa DiRocco SRCF 2 6 9:44 9:44 20 103 19 7
Novice Men Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 6 Josh Talkington None 3 3 4:42 4:42 1 187 1 125 4
2 7 Zach Aparicio Idaho Athletic 3 7 5:02 5:02 3 133 3 165 1
3 9 Phillip Jermann none! 3 5 5:20 5:20 4 121 4 165 1
4 10 Brandon Ober SRCF 3 1 4:54 4:54 2 176 2 115 6
5 14 Josh Peterson ADL CrossFit 3 2 7:18 7:18 5 109 6 155 3
6 15 Shane Sherrod 3 6 9:19 9:19 6 120 5 125 4
7 21 Justis Colon SRCF 3 4 10:07 10:07 7 86 7 7
8 23 Joel Valencia 3 8 10:29 10:29 8 82 8 7
Rank Points Intermediate Women Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 5 Danielle Ricco Crossfit Acclaim 4 9 5:18 5:18 1 208 1 135 3
2 10 Alana Booth Boise Crossfit 4 1 5:45 5:45 5 193 3 145 2
3 13 Ivory Carr Boise CrossFit 5 3 6:06 6:06 10 196 2 155 1
4 15 Beckie Wayne Crossfit E3 6 3 5:43 5:43 3 174 7 125 5
5 15 Peggy Rollens CrossFit ADL 6 2 5:45 5:45 5 186 4 105 6
6 15 Kelsey Hyslop 5 8 5:51 5:51 7 185 5 135 3
7 20 Jennifer Soppe Crossfit E3 5 6 5:44 5:44 4 170 9 7
8 21 Christie Thorward South Boise CF and Boise CF 4 8 5:57 5:57 9 185 5 7
9 22 Lynn Jones E3 5 10 5:29 5:29 2 160 13 7
10 27 Lindsay Zawadzki Crossfit E3 5 9 5:56 5:56 8 163 12 7
11 29 Britney Panter 4 4 6:38 6:38 13 170 9 7
12 30 Chantel Brown 4 5 6:32 6:32 12 165 11 7
13 30 Heather Wisenor SRCF 5 1 7:12 7:12 16 174 7 7
14 34 Annie SRCF 4 3 6:27 6:27 11 150 16 7
15 35 Amber Sela Crossfit E3 4 2 7:04 7:04 15 160 13 7
16 36 Jennifer Esquivel SRCF 5 5 6:47 6:47 14 158 15 7
17 42 Kayleigh Simmons SRCF 5 7 7:18 7:18 17 148 18 7
18 42 Nora Harvard SRCF 6 1 8:14 8:14 19 150 16 7
19 45 Kathy Ciancia-Paulin E3 3 10 7:32 7:32 18 122 20 7
20 46 Helen Frisbee Crossfit Collision 5 2 8:38 8:38 20 143 19 7
Intermediate Men Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 5 Nick Brady South Boise Crossfit 8 1 4:49 4:49 1 181 3 185 1
2 7 Keaton Nelson SRCF 7 5 4:57 4:57 2 187 1 165 4
3 11 Chris king SRCF 10 2 5:32 5:32 3 156 7 185 1
4 11 Tyler Hyslop Crossfit2c 8 5 5:40 5:40 5 186 2 165 4
5 17 Corey Caywood 6 8 5:53 5:53 8 152 8 185 1
6 20 Jahil Vejar SRCF 7 2 5:38 5:38 4 146 10 6
7 21 Alex Grundmann Boise CrossFit 6 5 6:14 6:14 11 169 4 6
8 22 David Frisbee Crossfit Collision 6 10 6:22 6:22 12 169 4 6
9 24 Chris Rowen SRCF 6 6 5:42 5:42 6 140 12 6
10 26 Cole Richelieu Boise Crossfit 6 7 5:48 5:48 7 138 13 6
11 28 Todd Ferrera 3 9 6:51 6:51 16 159 6 6
12 29 Kyle Carrell High Octane Fitness 7 6 6:25 6:25 14 149 9 6
13 30 Mario Ponce SRCF 7 7 6:03 6:03 10 130 14 6
14 30 Tyson Baxter 4 Rivers Crossfit 8 6 5:54 5:54 9 122 15 6
15 36 Josh Faris Militia Box 7 4 6:24 6:24 13 106 17 6
16 36 Mike Peña SRCF 7 9 7:41 7:41 19 142 11 6
17 39 John Rogers SRCF 7 3 6:28 6:28 15 105 18 6
18 39 Pat McConnel SRCF 8 2 6:53 6:53 17 117 16 6
19 44 David Allison SRCF 6 9 7:19 7:19 18 97 20 6
20 45 Ryan Davis Boise CrossFit 8 3 9:08 9:08 20 100 19 6
Advanced Women Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 3 Sarah Dunn Crossfit meridian 9 10 5:28 5:28 1 103 1 175 1
2 5 AK Norman CrossFit 208 9 1 5:38 5:38 3 103 1 175 1
3 10 Carlee Shepherd Crossfit Meridian 9 2 5:46 5:46 4 93 3 165 3
4 12 Lacey Smith CrossFit Meridian 9 6 5:35 5:35 2 91 6 155 4
5 14 Meghan Henze Crossfit Meridian 9 8 6:18 6:18 6 92 4 155 4
6 18 Haley Halleman SRCF 9 5 6:46 6:46 8 92 4 6
7 20 Megan King 9 7 6:17 6:17 5 75 9 6
8 20 Rachael Tart SRCF 9 9 6:27 6:27 7 85 7 6
9 22 Fallon Martinez Crossfit Meridian 9 4 6:54 6:54 9 85 7 6
10 26 Jennie Littleton SRCF 10 2 7:07 7:07 10 72 10 6
Advanced Men Home Gym Heat Lane Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Time Reps not completed Time Rank Reps Rank Weight Rank
1 4 Mason Glasgow CrossFit South Boise 11 2 5:12 5:12 2 124 1 235 1
2 7 Brady Winkles Crossfit Meridian 11 1 5:12 5:12 2 111 4 235 1
3 10 Thomas Hine Crossfit208 11 9 5:02 5:02 1 111 4 225 5
4 13 Chaase Tabuso SRCF 10 1 6:29 6:29 5 94 7 235 1
5 15 Drew McConnell CrossFit Octave 10 4 6:37 6:37 8 105 6 235 1
6 20 Ryan Putnam SRCF 11 8 7:01 7:01 12 114 2 6
7 21 Alan Napoles Crossfit South Boise 6 4 7:01 7:01 12 112 3 6
8 22 Mike Davis Crossfit Meridian 11 4 6:03 6:03 4 91 12 6
9 24 Daniel Lemmon SRCF 10 3 6:46 6:46 9 93 9 6
10 24 Matt Tuckness SRCF 11 3 7:00 7:00 11 94 7 6
11 27 kevin CrossFit RallyPoint 10 9 6:35 6:35 6 85 15 6
12 29 JT Hand 10 8 6:53 6:53 10 90 13 6
13 31 Erik Wilson CrossFit Octave 10 5 7:23 7:23 16 93 9 6
14 32 Mike Wilson SRCF 7 10 6:35 6:35 6 75 20 6
15 36 Kyle Young CrossFit South Boise 10 10 7:13 7:13 15 85 15 6
16 37 Nic Wright Crossfit Meridian 11 5 7:27 7:27 17 86 14 6
17 37 Mark Wisenor SRCF 7 8 8:00 8:00 20 92 11 6
18 42 JD Simmons SRCF 10 7 7:32 7:32 18 77 18 6
19 42 Nick Noble Crossfit Clarity 11 6 7:03 7:03 14 68 22 6
20 42 Brennan Hoofer 8 8 7:45 7:45 19 80 17 6
21 44 Joey Sanchez SRCF 11 10 8:00 8:00 20 77 18 6
22 48 Ric Ramirez SRCF 11 7 8:33 8:33 22 75 20 6

More photos and behind-the-scenes information to come on The Red Rush Blog.

How Nitric Oxide Helps Fight Infections

Nitric Oxide InfectionTwenty years ago, just about everyone thought nitric oxide was a pollutant. People were all like “that stuff is yucky,” but then three scientists won a Nobel Prize for discovering its role as a signaling agent and people were all like “I want to signal stuff now.”  And then Olympians were all like “nitric oxide says ‘widen up, blood vessels.’ and then the blood vessels are all like ‘OK.’ Therefore, I’d better drink beet juice to get more oxygen-filled blood to my sinewy Olympian muscles.” And then everyone became hip to nitric oxide and rode fixed-gear bicycles.

Now scientists are reassessing this molecule’s role and discovering all the different things it does inside the human body. Personally,–I’m not a doctor or a scientist so keep that in mind–I think nitric oxide/vegetable nitrate will be considered a daily essential in the future, especially when I read a story like the one I read today.

Nitric Oxide News:

Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago discovered, between bites of deep-dish pizza no doubt, nitric oxide’s role in fighting infection. This is how it works. There are these things in the body called microphages that hunt down and kill bacteria. They kill bacteria using chemicals, and one of the chemicals microphages use is nitric oxide.

From Science Daily

“Without the ability to synthesize inducible nitric oxide synthase, a macrophage would be missing a key element of its chemical weaponry,” Ranjan said. “We would expect these cells to be much less effective at killing bacteria and attenuating sepsis.”

If a microphage were a ninja, then nitric oxide would be one of its swords.

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only: 

Please note that beet juice is not medicine. Red Rush cannot cure or treat anything. In fact, if you have severe sepsis, nitric oxide will do the opposite of help.  Also, if you have severe sepsis, then you need to stop reading blogs and go to the emergency room.

Beet Juicing for the Backyard Brawl: A Guide

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The Backyard Brawl is this weekend. According to my reckoning, it will be the first time that a beet juice company has teamed up with a CrossFit box to do anything in the entire history of ever.(Although if you read your Herodotus, you may notice that bizarre passage about the Spartan decathlon that was sponsored by a conglomerate of hillside beet farmers. That’s only if you read Herodotus very liberally, however.)

That dumb joke aside, every athlete who is registered for the Backyard Brawl will receive a bottle of Red Rush at registration. So for those of you who aren’t familiar with our product or why athletes drink beet juice prior to competition, I thought I would write up this nifty little guide.

1. How to Take Beet Juice

Beet juice should be ingested two hours prior to competition. If you’re in the 9 am heat, and you drank beet juice at 8:30 am, then the beet juice hasn’t kicked in yet. Sorry.

You should start to feel some benefits about one hour after ingestion. Two hours after downing your beet juice shot, you’ll be at peak nitric oxide levels and this will last for about four hours. By hour five, your nitric oxide levels will begin returning to normal.

2. What Is in Red Rush?

Red Rush is just super-concentrated beets with a little water, cherry concentrate, lemon concentrate and citric acid (a lemon byproduct). Zero stimulants. Zero added sugar. Red Rush is a non-GMO, vegan product.

3. How Does Red Rush Help Me? 

The body converts vegetable nitrate into nitric oxide. Vegetable nitrate is found in most leafy green vegetables. We’ve just made nitrate consumption easy, consistent and measurable with our highly concentrated juice.

Nitric oxide is a signaling agent that tells blood vessels to widen. When your blood vessels are wider, your blood flow is better. That means, more blood and, therefore, more oxygen, can get to your muscles during exercise. The more oxygen your muscles have, the longer they can work.  This is especially good for endurance athletes. Studies found that athletes can see a 10-16% increase in stamina.

However, because of the way the body draws energy from its different systems, bolstering the aerobic system actually helps conserve other types of energy. The aerobic system regenerates your body’s supply of creatine phosphate and when you run out of that, you draw from the glycolytic energy system and when you run out of that, you become fatigued.  Even sprinters and weightlifters can benefit from beet juice. The extra blood flow is going to help your body recover after the event, too.

4. Are There Any Side Effects?

The only clinically noted side effect of beet juice has been the harmless and hilarious discoloration of the urine. If you’re interested in how that works, watch this video.

5. Protect Your Beneficial Bacteria

Abstain from chewing gum, using mouthwash or antacids for eight hours prior to the ingestion of Red Rush.  Beneficial bacteria in your mouth and stomach are necessary to turn vegetable nitrate into nitric oxide.