5 Reasons To Eat Beets Every Day
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Nutritious, Sweet & Earthy
Beets are a powerhouse of nutrients, and combined with their sweet, earthy flavor, they are the perfect vegetable to add to your salads, smoothies or juices.
Beets are considered a healing vegetable. In the middle ages, beets were used to treat digestive and blood related illnesses.
Because of their unique pigment, beetroot juice is also used as a food coloring! How cool is that? The whole plant is edible, both the taproot portion and the green stems. Eating beets can improve your health in so many ways. Let’s explore some of the benefits of this miraculous vegetable!
5 Reasons To Eat Beets Every Day
If there is one thing you can change to improve your health, is to add more leafy greens and vegetables to your daily diet. Boiling a few beets and adding them to your green salad can do wonders for your overall well-being. They are a great source of vitamins such as C & B and minerals such as iron, copper and potassium. Here are 5 benefits you can experience from eating beets:
Beets are a great source of betaine. This is a phyto-nutrient that improves cardio-vascular functions, fights inflammation and provides protections against chronic diseases. Betaine also protects cells against environmental stress.
Moreover, beets are rich in anti-oxidant compounds and get their red color from betalain, which is a pigment that has anti-inflammatory properties.
2.Lower Blood Pressure
If you are suffering from high blood pressure, beets could be one of the best ways to control it because they are rich in dietary nitrates.
Dietary nitrates convert to nitric oxide in the body which dilates blood vessels to prevents hypertension and regulate blood flow. According to a study published in Hypertension, an American Heart Association’s journal, one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.
3.Improve Heart Health
Fiber from beets can lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and at the same time, increase the levels of good cholesterol in the bloodstream.
The high amounts of betaine found in beets, lowers the levels of homocysteine, preventing problems such as atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks.
The liver is an organ that has multiple roles including making proteins, triglycerides and cholesterol. It also has important metabolic functions such as increasing the availability of nutrients, and expelling toxic substances from the body.
Betaine, which is found in abundance in beets allows for healthy liver function. Moreover, beets contain pectin, which is a water-soluble fiber and helps the liver flush out toxins.
The dietary nitrates present in beets, improve brain neuroplasticity by increasing the oxygenation of certain parts of the brains such as the somatomotor cortex which is usually associated with dementia.
You can improve blood flow to the brain as well as increase cognition by adding some beets to your diet.
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- Effect of beetroot juice on lowering blood pressure in free-living, disease-free adults: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
- Synergistic cytotoxicity of red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) extract with doxorubicin in human pancreatic, breast and prostate cancer cell lines.