Recently, 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.”