Remember being told you eat your beetroot at the Sunday dinner table every time you went to have dinner at your grandma’s house as a child?
You probably didn’t like it at first but gradually came to enjoy it. And that’s good because this purple vegetable is really good for your body.
If you truly want to obtain maximum health benefits then start out with the raw variety rather than cooked and picked varieties as it is this type that gives you flexibility in the kitchen.
1. Anemia Remedy
Beetroot is naturally rich in iron, which when is found in low supply, can cause anemia and low red blood cell count in the body.
Beetroots can also help the body absorb iron better, which helps to promote better blood circulation and the capacity of oxygen that the red blood cells can carry.
2. May Help with Cancer Prevention
Betacyanin, the compound found within beetroots that gives beetroot its dark red pigmentation, has been linked to reducing cancerous tumors and precancerous lesions.
Betanin, another cancer fighting compound found within beets, has found to be effective in treating both liver and skin tumors.
3. Increase Heart Health
Prevention is the only cure, and consuming beetroots on a regular basis can help to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems as they have the ability to lower blood pressure and therefore help to stop hypertension from developing.
4. Boost Digestion & Weight Loss
Beetroots have been found to improve a poor digestive system by stimulating the nerves in your intestines as well as improving your body’s ability to digest food, especially fats taken in, particularly those of the fatty variety.
Plus, beetroots are high in fibre and fibre is what helps to make you feel fuller for longer, helping you to avoid over eating and pile on unnecessary pounds.
5. Improve Pregnancy Health
Beetroot contains folic acid, in the most natural and absorbable form ‘folate’ and this is critical to mums to be, as a deficiency in this vitamin can cause a permanent defect in the baby’s spinal cord.
6. Halt the Aging Process
Free radicals can cause cellular damage, DNA damage and are what causes premature aging. But the antioxidants and phenolic compounds found within beetroot can help to prevent this damage.
On top of this, beetroot contains anti-inflammatory properties that can also slow down the signs of aging naturally and prevent age-related diseases.
7. Increase Stamina for Exercising
By using less oxygen during exercise, this can help to give you more stamina and endurance.
By introducing beetroot juice into your diet before exercising, helps to reduce this consumption of oxygen, and as a result you will feel less tired after completing your session.
Nitrate, which helps to carry oxygen around your body, is also found within beetroot. This again helps give everyone who consumes it pre-workout an energy boost, or makes a great natural and often needed energy boost for pregnant women who feel like they are exercising constantly by simply carrying another human around!
8. Boost Cellular Cleansing
Detoxing at a cellular level is vital, and can improve whole body health. Beetroot juice is very effective at helping to support your liver in its large task of detoxifying.
Beetroot juice can also protect your liver from the fatty deposits that are often caused by having a protein deficiency and abusing alcohol.
Be Open Minded to New Vegetables
So don’t judge a vegetable by its colour, or the colour it leaks everywhere, as the moral of the story is it may actually be exceptionally good for you like beetroot!
Video: How To Prepare Beetroot Juice
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