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Many ancient cultures have regarded beet root not as food but as medicine, a testimony to their potency as a plant. The popular root that most juicers swear by as one of the most potent produce to use when juicing. Beets belong to the same family as spinach and chard. It contains vitamins (C and B6), minerals (folate, manganese, betaine, and potassium), antioxidants and fiber.
The remarkable benefits of this sweet and special root are most effective when they are enjoyed raw in salads or juice. Here are five of the many benefits of consuming beet root.
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Both beet root and greens are powerful cleansers and builders of blood. They are high in antioxidants that contain a number of nutrients that are detoxifying. This includes betaine that helps our liver cells eliminate toxins. Another one is pectin, a fiber that ‘sweeps’ out the toxins removed from the liver they don’t go back to our body. It also has betalains, pigments with high anti-inflammatory properties that encourage the detoxification process.
It fights inflammation
The betaine is a powerful nutrient that protects our cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It is also known to reduce inflammation, shield internal organs from harm, improve vascular risk factors and likely to prevent chronic diseases. According to a study done by World’s Healthiest Foods:
“…presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers… As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies.”
It promotes heart health
According to the American Heart Association, 44% of Americans will have some heart disease by the year 2030. It’s a major problem that the world faces. One of the biggest perk of beet is actually its ability to promote heart health because they are a rich source of dietary nitrates. They aid in improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
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It improves sexual performance
Ancient romans ate whole beets to increase their libido. This root vegetable contains high levels of boron that is directly linked to production of sex hormones. Consuming beet root helps the body to metabolise and use oestrogen for women, and increase testosterone levels in men.
It can protect you from premature aging
The antioxidants in beets protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals, while the lycopene keeps the skin elastic. It is high in folate which stimulates production and repair of cells, which helps in protecting against premature aging. Vitamin A and carotenoids on the other hand, prevent age-related macular degeneration. Beyond skin-deep, it also preserves brain function through nitrates that improve the blood flow.
You can enjoy beets in different ways, bake them with some oil and spices, slice them thinly and add to your favorite salad recipe. You can also try cold-pressed juicing them to be able to consume a lot in a just a glass serving.
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