What’s so special about beetroot?

Beetroot is one of my favourite vegetables and is incredibly healthy as they have potent medicinal properties and offer relief in the case of various ailments and diseases.

Their red colour is due to an abundance of anthocyanins, which have strong anti-cancer properties. As-well-as containing important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and iodine, they contain betaine, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that supports heart health.

Beetroot boosts blood flow, regulates cholesterol levels, and support the healthy liver function. It also helps to fight anaemia and detoxify the body.

If you’re looking to stay young then beetroot is a must as they also seem to decelerate aging and protect the healthy of our blood vessels. High in antioxidants, cellulose, and pectin, (a special type of fiber which boosts digestion), this healthy vegetable also protects against liver disease fatty liver disease.

For any budding athletes out there, beetroot also boost the endurance, stamina, and performance during a workout, so they are extremely beneficial for anyone who exercises either recreationally or competitively.

Beetroot can be eaten raw, juiced, cooked, and baked and DON’T throw away the leaves, instead, cook them in a pan of water and eat like cabbage, as they are rich in potassium (644 mg. per ½ a cup).

Just look at this statistic:

Studies have shown that the consumption of potassium-rich foods and the elimination of sodium can lower the risk of heart diseases and the stroke risk by 21%.

6 REASONS WHY TO EAT BEETROOT

1.Lower Your Blood Pressure

Drinking beetroot juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beetroot juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.

The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

2.Boost Your Stamina

If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beetroot juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beetroot juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer. This maybe related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.

3.Fight Inflammation

Beetroot is a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic disease As reported by the World’s Healthiest Foods:

“[Betaine’s]… presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumour necrosis factor alpha. As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for other body systems.”

4.Anti-Cancer Properties

The powerful phytonutrients that give beetroot their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.

5.Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fibre

Beetroot are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fibre, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beetroot also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

 6.Detoxification Support

The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beetroot is valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

 

Hope you found this information of help and interest.
Nikki
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