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Savor The Flavor: 10 Reasons Beets Are Healthy For You

posted on 7/3/2016 Facebook Facebook

Beets have been cultivated since the Roman era, however, they found a rise in their commercial value only in the 19th century when it was discovered that they can be converted to sugar. Most of you may be aware of their peculiar earthy flavor which has been explored in various cuisines around the world. 

What’s more? Both the root and leaves can be eaten and have been blessed with properties that can take your health to a new level. Experts recommend eating the root raw since cooking beets for more than 20 minutes can strip them off their natural goodness of nutrients. 

An excellent source of folic acid, fiber, magnesium, potassium and several vitamins, this ruby root is virtually fat-free and very little calories (38Kcal per 100g) making it an exceptional weight loss food. Nevertheless, the health benefits of this vegetable extend far and wide. We are here to tell you how eating beets can transform your health for good and keep you away from diseases. 

1. Protects From Cancer: Betacyanin, the pigment which gives beets its bright red, crimson hue may help ward off cancer. Research carried out to study the anti-cancer property of these phytonutrients has yielded positive results. Beetroot extract has been seen to effectively treat human pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers. 

2. Maintains Heart Health: Loaded with fiber, beets keep the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides in check, thereby protecting from heart diseases. Betaine, present in this root combats the action of homocysteine in the blood which is considered harmful to the blood vessels. It also keeps the levels of blood pressure under control, which is beneficial for the avoidance of heart disease and stroke.

3. Controls Blood Sugar Levels & Diabetes: Beets contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.

4. Improves Energy Levels: Beet juice has been gaining ample traction amongst the workout fanatics lately. Research suggests that beet juice can improve the uptake of oxygen in the body due to its nitrate content. Once inside the body, these nitrates get converted to nitric acid which is known to expand the walls of the blood vessels making sure there is ample supply of oxygen and other nutrients to boost energy.

5. Boosts Mental Health: Dementia or memory decline is a very common problem encountered by old people. Researchers at Wake Forest University have found that drinking juice from beetroot can improve the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain, slowing the progression of dementia in older adults. Thanks to the high content of nitrates in beets that slows down the process significantly. 

6. Reduces Risk of Osteoporosis: Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilize calcium, which is important for musculoskeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. It also contains nutrients like magnesium, vitamin C, folate that are great to strengthen bones.

7. Reduces Birth Defects: Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is particularly crucial for pregnant women as it helps in the development of the baby’s spinal cord. A deficiency of this vitamin could lead to neural tube defects in the fetus. 

8. Source of Natural Antioxidants: Betalains, which also give this root its distinct purple-red color are potent natural antioxidants which protect the body from the daily wear and tear inflicted by free radicals. They also fight inflammation in the body, protect internal organs and prevent a number of chronic diseases. 

9. Detoxifies Blood: A wonderful liver tonic, beets help the body in its phase two detoxification process. A metabolic step, phase 2 involves hooking up the activated, unwanted toxic groups with small nutrient groups in order to neutralize them and throw them out of the body. Betalains present in this root help in the elimination of toxins and can thus be harnessed for an effective detox regime.

10. Improves Fertility: Beets have been regarded for their aphrodisiac properties since the Roman ages. The inherent ability to act as a natural Viagra stems from the fact that this veggie is rich in the mineral boron, which is directly related to increasing the production of sex hormones. Not only does it increase your libido, but, also improve the mobility of the sperm and overall fertility. 


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