Beetroot, the health benefits of having it in your diet
Beets are not just for pickling
Do you eat Beetroot on a regular basis? If not, I would like to tell you about this old and not often appreciated vegetable. Its uses are many. The Russians make a great soup out of beetroot called Borscht. It is made with sour creme and known in different countries like Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Armenia, and Russia.
Perhaps you would like to cook this soup yourself:
Russian Borscht Recipe
Vitamins and minerals from beetroot
This well-known vegetable is a must add to your menu as it is full of vitamins A, many B’s and also C. It also contains a lot of different minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc. It was first cultivated by the Romans and by the 19th century it became valuable when one discovered it was one of the sources of sugar.
This vegetable is eatable be it the root which is sweet or also the leaves which are a bit bitter. Whenever I had beetroot growing in the vegetable garden I would cut a few leaves to add to mixed salads. Also, the root can be eaten raw and it tastes really good but people often prefer cooked or pickled.
The fiber of this vegetable will increase your white blood cells which we have to fight infections. They find abnormal cells and will eliminate them, white cells are our soldiers. Another important fact is that red beetroots are one of the vegetables with one of the highest sources of Glutamine.
Source Roxanne Fisher, Health editor of BBC good food
Additional reasons for consuming Beetroot
There are many more reasons why you should eat Beetroot regularly.
A study in the Hypertension Journal shows us that beet juice seems to be an effective means to lower blood pressure but not, as the most medication has, with any negative side effects.
It is rich in fiber and we all know how important that is for gut health.
If you drink beet juice before you do your workout it increases your endurance by a good 16%. It reduces any inflammation you might have in your body as the nutrient betaine in the beets protects proteins, enzymes and our cells from environmental stress. Modern life is full of stress, be it stress in our personal life or caused by our surroundings.
It seems that due to its nitric oxide content it is capable of relaxing and dilating the blood vessels which improves the blood flow and lowers the pressure.
Another very positive aspect of eating more beetroot is that it has detoxification properties and cleans out the blood and liver.
It also lowers the triglycerides and the LDL and increases the HDL. When your arteries are clean there is less chance of getting a stroke and other heart ailments.
Vegetables with a deep color have a lot of antioxidants and cancer-fighting abilities. It has been proven that beetroot extract is beneficial in a variety of cancer types as it inhibits the growth of tumor formations.
Beetroot also has an elevated vitamin C content and therefore is effective in combating respiratory issues like asthma and even other lung ailments including cancer.
Our eyes will also show improvement as beetroot fights macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye problems.
Try making this fresh juice at home.
Carrots, beetroot, celery, 1 apple, cucumber and a little bit of parsley. Besides tasting great you will soon feel the benefits of this healthy drink.
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