BEETROOT HEALTH BENEFITSTweet
Jul 13, 2016 , 6 min read
Beetroot, also known simply as the beet, has been gaining popularity as a new super food. Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits. Many health benefits are due by their high content of inorganic nitrates.
Many studies have suggested that consumption of plants like beetroot decreases the risk of obesity. Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by 4-5 points. The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Beets are particularly beneficial to women who are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body. Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in beetroot that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can prevent various forms of cancer. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
People who are prone to kidney stones should avoid beetroot. Consumption of beetroot may cause urine to become pink/red, which is harmless but often confused with blood in urine.