Poor Health? BEET IT!
Beetroots provide high amounts of antioxidants and are efficient in strengthening the immune system, lowering blood pressure, improving the functioning of the cardiovascular system and preventing internal inflammation.
Beetroot is on top of the superfoods list as one of the best sources of vitamins K, A and C; calcium; iron; potassium; cooper; magnesium and manganese.
Beet greens are extremely rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients linked to better vision and a healthier cardiovascular system. They are also a unique source of betalains, which have been proven to exert strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The use of beets as natural remedies dates back to ancient medicine systems when beet leaves were commonly applied to wounds to f fasten healing. These natural bindings help to quicken the regeneration of damaged tissues.
Traditionally, nature’s gift of beets has been used to help improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well as improve blood pressure* and regulate cardiovascular function. Beets also have been found to lessen tumor cell growth in lab studies when investigating cells from colon, stomach, lung, prostate, testicular and breast tumor tissues.
Nutrients in these roots make them very effective at strengthening the immune system and fighting against harmful effects of free radicals. Additionally, they provide high amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce the inflammation of joints, thereby relieving pain and discomfort, as well as skin, preventing acne.
Beets also can assist in the removal of inner toxins by cleaning the blood and the digestive tract, along with improving the functioning of the gallbladder and liver, and relieve symptoms of kidney stones. Regular consumption of beet juice has also shown to promote hair growth. Becuase of their folic acid content, beets are also a worthy addition to any pregnant woman’s diet.Contrary to common belief, these root vegetables are quite versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways. So even if boiled beets aren’t your favorite, you can still incorporate this healthy food in your weekly menu by roasting or juicing them.
Contrary to common belief, these root vegetables are quite versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways. So even if boiled beets aren’t your favorite, you can still incorporate this healthy food in your weekly menu by roasting or juicing them.
A fast and convenient way of preparing these veggies are to chop them up and run them through a juicer solo or in combination with green leafy vegetables and garlic. Another option is to try pickled beets.
Experience these benefits by adding a beet smoothie to your daily menu.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder or skim/coconut milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup beetroot, shredded or chopped
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 large banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or honey
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and serve immediately. You can also add strawberries, mango or lemon juice, even flaxseeds for digestion.
If you’re not into smoothies, enjoy a simple glass of freshly prepared beetroot juice in the morning. Start with a small serving and increase it progressively, due to its high detoxifying power. If not, you may experience some unpleasant effects at first, but only until the toxins are removed.
A helpful tip to remember is to prepare beet juice from raw beets, as cooking them can destroy some of their beneficial substances and can turn the oxalic acid into a harmful compound.
*Given that beet juice lowers blood pressure, it should be consumed with caution by hypotensive people and only after discussing with their health care provider.
By Andreea Macoveiciuc