by Taetske | 3:36 pm
(Last Updated On: October 31, 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.

 

the healthy leaves of beetroot

The healthy leaves of Beetroot

 

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 soup

Beetroot soup

 

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

Ann

Hi there informative post on beetroot which I eat regularly. I love it cooked as a side vegetable and also use the bitter leaves in salad. As well as the health benefits you mention I like it for its liver supporting benefits.  I enjoy small amounts of fresh beetroot juice mixed with others to give a slightly sweet taste.

Nov 04.2018 | 04:38 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Ann,

    Thank you for reading my post and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    I remember one year there was a huge harvest of beetroot from the vegetable garden. I cooked them, then peeled them and put them in plastic bags in the deep freezer. They are not as good as raw or freshly cooked but still eatable.

    Better not eat so many man-made foods, nature provides for most of our needs, that at least, is my opinion.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 05.2018 | 07:50 am

Dale

Its great to know how healthy beets are for us.  Being Ukrainian I eat a lot of beets.  I eat beet soup, pickled beets, and beet rolls made from the leaves.  It was great stumbling on your article.  I am also diabetic so am always struggling with foods that are good for me.  It seems beets fit the good category.  Thanks for taking the time to put together this article.

Nov 04.2018 | 04:39 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Dale,

    Being diabetic is not funny but nature has many foods which will be good for you. The question is if you are willing to take a serious look at your lifestyle, make a list of what you eat and drink and see where you could make changes to improve your health. I know it is not easy but I also know it is possible. Wishing you the best.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 05.2018 | 07:50 am

Kim

Hi Taetske,

It’s a shame that doctors don’t recommend using plants like this for health benefits instead of prescribing drugs. I think this would be more preferable to use for my blood pressure, I really hate having to take medications for things because of all the different side effects associated with them. They seem to help with one thing but cause problems with other things so it’s a no win win.

I’m glad I came across your article here, I remember eating this plant as a youngster  and enjoyed it, so I think it’s time to head to the store to get some, who knows I might be able to go off some of my meds. 🙂

Kim

Nov 04.2018 | 04:48 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Kim,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    When people study medicine they will hardly get a few hours on nutrition. Later, when they practice as doctors they will prescribe pills instead of natural things. They miss the knowledge on all that nature has to offer. 

    I think you would do well in eating more beetroot, just imagine you can stop taking these pills so you do not have to suffer the side effects anymore.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 05.2018 | 07:50 am

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