The Power of Beets

You either love them or you hate them.

What are Beets?

Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Originally, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beet root that most people think of as a “beet” today wasn’t cultivated until the era of ancient Rome

Beet lovers think of the taste as earthy. Besides their use as an actual food item, they are valuable as a source of sucrose, which makes them a viable replacement for tropical sugar cane. They are frequently used to make refined sugar.

Beets are low in calories, with 1 cup (136 g) of raw beetroot containing 58 calories. However, beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables and are relatively high in carbohydrates.

You can’t beat beets

After years of being relegated to the recesses of the salad bar buffet next to the shredded cheese and buttered croutons, beets are enjoying their much-deserved place at the center stage of a healthy diet. They’re not only chock-full of essential everyday nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin; these ruby gems also are a goldmine of health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. Here are some great—and surprising—things that happen to your body when you eat beets. 

Health Benefits include:

Lower Blood Pressure 
Beets are abundant in dietary nitrates, which get converted into nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide helps to relax and dilate blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure and preventing hypertension. Dr. Shannon Amoils, senior research advisor at the British Heart Foundation, in his study quotes, “A daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension – even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment.”

Boost Endurance & Stamina
Due to the nitrate-rich nature of beets, they improve running performance in healthy adults. In another study, researchers found that people who drank beet juice increased their oxygen uptake by up to 16%. Beet juice has shown to improve athletic performance in runners, swimmers, and cyclists, making it an interesting sports drink that most people would never consider.

Boost Digestion
In the Middle Age, beetroots were used as a remedy for digestive disorders such as constipation. The fiber and the antioxidants present in beets help in flushingout the body from toxic substances, keeping digestive health at an optimal level.

Brain Health 
Beets improves brain neuroplasticity because of the nitrates present in it. These nitrates help increase oxygenation of the somatomotor cortex, a brain area that is often affected in the early stages of dementia.

Prevents Cancer
Beets are good at preventing skin, lung, and colon cancer since they contain the pigment betacyanin’s, which counteracts cancerous cell growth. Also, the natural beta-carotene in beetroot helps to prevent lung cancer. Researchers in Hungary have also discovered that beet juice and its powdered form slows down tumor development.

Promote Weight Loss
Packed with nutrients and fiber, they are an excellent addition to a weight-loss diet. Magnesium and potassium in beets help to detoxify the body and flush out excess water, preventing bloating.

Prevent Anemia
Red beetroots have a significant amount of iron, which helps prevent anemia and boosts the regeneration of red blood cells. Furthermore, vitamin C in beets aids in boosting iron absorption.

Promote Liver Detoxification
Betaines, in beets, stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy. Also, pectin, a water-soluble fiber in these root vegetables, helps flush out toxins from the liver. They are one of the superfoods that have the ability to reverse fatty liver.

Improve Heart Health
Betaine, present in beets, is a powerful bioactive compound that helps lower the levels of homocysteine in the body. High levels of homocysteine can cause cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks, and strokes. Betalains further help inhibit chronic inflammation when it comes to heart disease.

Beet fiber helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of good HDL cholesterol.

Act as Aphrodisiac
They have been considered an aphrodisiac or sexual booster for millennia. Part of this stems from the fact that beets contain significant levels of the mineral boron that helps boost the production of sexual hormones. This can lead to a boost in your libido, increased fertility, sperm mobility improvement, and a reduction in frigidity in the bedroom.

Reduce Birth Defects
Beets are good for pregnant women since they are a source of B vitamin folate, which helps in the development of an infant’s spinal column. Deficiency of folate can lead to various birth defects such as neural tube defects.

Prevent Respiratory Problems
Beetroot is a source of vitamin Cthathelps prevent asthma symptoms. Besides defending against the effects of free radicals in the body, the vitamin also stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which are the body’s main line of defense against foreign bodies, as well as viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoan toxins that can result in a multitude of infections and illnesses.

Boost Immunity
Beets are extremely nutrient dense which helps boost immunity levels in the body and it is known to fight fever and colds. Vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, and powerful antioxidants in these root vegetables help prevent fatigue, soothe minor aches and pains, and reduce inflammation.

Reduce Macular Degeneration
The beta-carotene present in beetroot aids in reducing or slowing macular degeneration in the eyes. Macular degeneration is often associated with an increase in free radicals, which drastically affect the premature aging process of many people.

Prevent Cataracts
The presence of beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, in beets helps prevent age-related blindness called cataract.

Promote Bone Health 
Minerals such as boron, copper, and magnesium in beets help bones develop normally and boost bone metabolism. These root vegetables also contain potassium, which conserves calcium within the body and reduces the loss of calcium through the urine.

Anti Aging 
High in folate, beets help in the optimal functioning and repair of cells. This helps prevent premature aging. Abundant in antioxidants and vitamin C, beets are a natural way to ensure the glow on your skin!

Ways to Enjoy Beets