Beets! Beets! . . . whether you love it or not, it actually beats various illnesses so you should eat them. Beets are one of the treasures of the vegetable world. Beets are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, niacin, calcium, iron, biotin, vitamins A, B6 and C.
Most beetroot is round and red, but yellow, white and stripy versions are available.The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat. It is grown in the ground and is related to turnips, swedes and sugar beet.
Various benefits of Beetroot are:
Helps in Reducing Blood Pressure
In a Queen Mary University of London study, healthy participants had to drink a glass of beetroot juice while others had a dummy (placebo) drink. Others took nitrate tablets. Blood pressure was lowered within 24 hours in people who took nitrate tablets and those who drank beetroot juice.Researchers also found that having just about 500 grams of beetroot every day reduces a person’s blood pressure in about six hours. Another important effect of beetroot was that on consumption, the higher the person’s blood pressure the greater the drop.
It is a common myth that because beetroot is reddish in color, It replaces lost blood and is therefore good to treat anemia. While this may sound a bit outrageous to many, there is a partial truth hidden in the myth. Beetroot contains a lot of iron. Iron helps in the formation of haemagglutinin, which is a part of the blood that helps transport oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. It is the iron content and not the color that helps treat anemia.
Beats constipation and keeps the stomach healthy
Because of its high soluble fiber content beetroot is a great laxative. It cleanses the colon and clears out the stomach helping in regularizing one’s bowel movements.
Protects against Cancer
Beetroot has amazing antioxidant properties that aids in protection from cancer. The active ingredient which gives beetroot its color, betacynin, has been found to reduce the growth of tumors by 12.5 percent. The study was conducted on patients who have prostate or breast cancer.
Boosts Brain power & treat dementia
Drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, which may be able to fight the progression of dementia, a 2010 study suggested. Beetroot contains high concentrations of nitrates, which are converted into nitrites by bacteria in the mouth. Nitrites help open blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen to places lacking in oxygen.
BEETROOT SIDE EFFECTS
There are some interesting side effects of eating too much beetroot. It can turn urine pink, which can be mistaken for blood in the urine.
Beetroot is just one food which contains oxalates, which prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body allowing it to build up as stones in the kidney.
HOW TO CONSUME BEET ROOT ?
Raw! – Yes, it can be eaten raw. Slice them and serve with sprinkle of lemon.
Juice! – Its juice helps in :
- Reducing blood pressure
- Relieving constipation by improving the digestive health especially fat digestion as well as body’s metabolism
- Aids blood flow to the brain
- Boosts immune system
- Fights inflammation
Pickled! – Pickled beets are just marvelous.
As Dessert – Beets and their smoky, earthy sweetness are the secret ingredient in some fabulous desserts.