Beetroot is one of the healthiest vegetables on the Planet, as it provides powerful medicinal properties and relieves many health conditions and ailments. Its red color comes from the anthocyanins which at the same time provide anti-cancer properties. Beet extract is studied for its anticancer properties in human breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
Furthermore, beets contain the natural anti-inflammatory agent called betaine, which supports heart health. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, iodine, phosphorus. Beets are well-known for their folate content which prevents birth defects.
This vegetable regulates cholesterol levels, improves blood flow, and supports proper liver function. They support the detoxification process of blood and liver.
Thanks to the naturally occurring nitrates, beets are great for reducing high blood pressure. According to one study, drinking a glass of beet juice reduced systolic blood pressure by approximately 4 to 5 points.
They enhance the stamina, endurance, and performance during a workout, which makes them great for athletes. You can eat them raw, cooked, juiced, or steamed.
Instead of throwing away their green leafy tops, you may want to cook them as they contain high levels of potassium (half a cup contains 644 mg.), protein, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. In fact, these green tops contain more iron than spinach. A few researches have shown that they might fight Alzheimer’s disease, boost the immune system and bone strength, thus preventing osteoporosis.
Many studies have shown that consuming foods rich in potassium, and elimination of sodium from your diet can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease by 21 percent.
Another health benefit of beetroots is prevention of cataracts and reduced risk of macular degeneration due to the presence of beta-carotene.
Beets are great energy boosters, so whenever you feel lack of energy prepare yourself a nice glass of refreshing beet juice.