by Taetske | 3:36 pm
(Last Updated On: March 30, 2018)

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.

 

Battling infections.

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

 

Beetroot

Beetroot

 

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.

Source: NaturalHealth365,
Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Comments

Melissa

Hello.
Great post. I used to eat beets often I am not sure what happened there. Haven’t given them much thought I guess. But you have really made me think of this again I didn’t realize that beetroot has so many different vitamins and minerals in.
I also want to thank you for letting us know that the vegetables with the deeper color are even better for us. Great information thank you

Apr 07.2018 | 10:41 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Melissa.

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. 

    I like beets in a salad and I also use it for mixing into a fresh vegetable juice. Nature provides with a lot of healthy things, healthy in their natural state. Humans always want to improve on things but with all this man-made foods you see nowadays I do not think it has been an improvement, rather the contrary.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Apr 08.2018 | 02:13 pm

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