Health Benefits of Beets

July 30, 2014

1-Beets are good sources of folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

 

2-Beets are high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy. Beet juice is the best since eating beets won’t give you the same quantity of nitrates, because cooking hampers some of the nitrates.


3-Drinking beet juice may help you lower your blood pressure in a matter of hours. As mentioned above, nitric oxide, helps to relax and open up your blood vessels, improving blood flow, oxygen flow and lowering blood pressure.

 

4-One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac.


5-Beets are a very good source of commonly known antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese. The blood-red color of beets comes from a powerful group of antioxidants called betalains. Heating beets actually decreases their antioxidant power.

 

6-Betalains in beets have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation.

 

7-The link between oxygen and cancer is well known and beets can increase oxygen, within the blood, while helping to eliminate waste products.

 

8-Beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer

 

9-The betalains in beets has been used in certain treatments of depression. Beets also contain tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.
 

10-Since beets are high in oxalates, people who tend to make oxalate kidney stones may want to avoid beet juice.

 

  • Raw beetroot juice is one of the most powerful ways you can consume beets.

 

  • The nutrients in beets are more susceptible to degradation from long cooking times than other foods, so if you are cooking it, the ideal time would be 15 minutes steaming, maximum.

 

How to add beets to your daily diet?

  • Grate them raw over salads

  • Add them to your fresh vegetable juice

  • Lightly steam them

  • Marinate them with lemon juice, herbs, and olive oil

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