Beets were historically known for their beet sugar and were commonly used as a sweetening ingredient in foods, but now they are being recognized for being one of the healthiest vegetables. While they have high sugar content and high carbohydrate levels, beets are often under looked for their health benefits that can be found in both the root and the leaves. Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. The greens have a higher content of iron compared to spinach.
Beets are indeed a treat — a deliciously hearty and satisfying vegetable that is rich in nutrients and naturally low in calories and fat. Beets contain a wealth of fiber — half soluble and half insoluble. Both types play roles in fighting fat. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
Beets are particularly rich in folic acid, calcium, and iron. Consuming adequate amounts of folic acid during the childbearing years is a must for women; a deficiency in this critical nutrient has been linked to neural-tube birth defects. But this important vitamin is critical to lifelong health for men, women, and children, because long-term deficiencies have been linked to heart disease and cervical cancer, too.
Drinking beet juice can improve high blood pressure within just a matter of moments. Beets are great for those who suffer from high blood pressure because of the naturally occurring nitrates that are converted into nitric acid, a property that helps lower blood pressure.
The nitrates found in beet juice that also lowers high blood pressure can also be attributed to boosting endurance. This peak in nitrate levels occurs a few hours after drinking beet juice and can lead to increased endurance in physically demanding exercises.
Detoxing the Liver
Beanie, an amino acid found in beets, can be attributed to lightening the load on your liver. Simply by consuming on serving of beets daily, betaine can help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver. Beets are known for supporting detoxification and cleansing your blood and liver.
Fight Cancer and Disease
Beets contain powerful phytonutrients that not only give them their color but also can help prevent cancer. Studies have been done on how beets can be used to treat human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
The betalains found in beets offer potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have been linked to helping prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, and cancer.
Varicose veins: In similar ways that it helps to keep the elasticity of arteries, regular consumption of beets juice also helps prevent varicose veins.
Here’s how to prepare a healthy beetroot salad you can eat any day:
- 2-3 beets
- 2 onions
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to taste
Peel the beets and cook them in water with a pinch of salt, then chop them in small slices and put them in a bowl. Next, chop the onion and mix it with the beets, then add some olive oil and vinegar and season with salt to taste. Sprinkle the salad with some vinaigrette in the end and leave it for an hour. Afterwards, you can serve the delicious salad.