Beetroot also known as beets is one of the most versatile and tasty vegetable that could be found these days. Known by different names, but is omnipresent; it is found in almost 70% of countries with its popularity in medicinal purposes dug deep since ancient times. Beetroot lost its identity in last few decades, but, it is again gaining the popularity it deserves. It has bounced back as a famous veggie for salad, found in almost all the lavish tables headed for royal dinners. It tastes sweet and earthy and is a whole lot of crunch. It is also used in preparing dishes, while many people prefer it in the form of juice, believing it the best way to reap maximum benefits out of it.
It could be found in different colors across the world. Somewhere it comes as white, while at other places in orange-yellow and red. The unique crimson-red color of red beet is due to betalain pigments, such as betanin and betacyanin while yellow varieties are rich in ß-xanthin pigment. Rest of the nutrient content is same in all three varieties.
Beets are rich in vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. They contain vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin C along with, minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, potassium and phosphorus. Not just this, beets is also an excellent source of soluble fiber, folic acid and antioxidants like carotenoids, zeaxanthin, glycine, and betanin. Beets are also very low in calories and are rich in sugar content.
The best part about beets is that when mixed with other fruits such as carrot, orange or any other vegetable of fruit it becomes more beneficial and multiplies the nutrient of other fruit also. That’s why in many parts of world it is considered important to add a few pieces of beet in any fruit, specially carrot.
Enough of nutrients, coming to the benefits that beets have to offer:
- Controls Blood Pressure:
If you take a glass of juice of beet root in afternoon every day, then it will help lowering the blood pressure. Actually what happens is, beets are rich in nitrates. These nitrates breakdown to form nitrous oxide which in turn helps in expanding the blood vessels to accommodate more blood and thus eases the pressure on your heart. Thus, maintains the blood pressure and more blood is transported to each organ.
- Checks Cholesterol Levels:
Beetroot contains large amount of soluble fibres, flavonoids and betacyanin which are perfect material for not just controlling bad or LDL cholesterol but also for promoting the growth of good or HDL cholesterol. Betacyanin is a powerful antioxidant. It helps reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and does not allow it to deposit on the walls of the artery. Thus also prevents plaque formation which is further related to strokes and heart attacks.
- Improves Memory:
Certain diseases are linked with the age, like dementia. Blood flow to certain areas of the brain decreases with the age and leads to dementia. Consuming beetroot juice improves the blood flow and oxygenation to these areas that are lacking. This is because of the presence of nitrate content in it, which improves the blood flow throughout the body. This is also linked with improving brain power to memorise stuffs easily.
- Increases Stamina:
There have been a number of studies that suggests that beetroot is a must for athletes as it improves the stamina. Beetroot juice improves muscle oxygenation during exercise as beetroot is rich in nitrite, which is further converted to nitric oxide. This nitric oxide does a lot of things in the body, but in terms of exercise and performance it is involved in increasing blood flow to the muscles, which makes it easier for your power generators, known as mitochondria, to produce energy. Plus, it is also rich in carbohydrates which helps in increase of energy levels and keeps in activating your metabolism.
- Combats Hair fall:
Are you facing hair fall issue? If yes then start this natural remedy at home to fight the problem of hair fall and itchy scalp. You can boil some beets in water and use the concentrated liquid to massage on the scalp. It will help in stopping hair fall as well as help in the growth of new hair which are long and healthy. Not just from outside, by consuming beetroot juice you can do your hair a favour by providing the required vitamins and minerals specially potassium which is essential to bind hair from the scalp.
- Helpful during Pregnancy:
The most amazing quality of the root is that it prevents birth defects in new born babies and also provides the to-be mother with essential nutrients that help in a safer and less painful delivery. Beets has an abundant supply of folic acid and folic acid is important for pregnant mothers and unborn babies as it helps the proper formation of the unborn child’s spinal cord, and nervous system and thus prevents any kind of defect in unborn baby. Beetroot also gives pregnant ladies that extra energy boost required during pregnancy.
- Helps in Lever Detoxification:
Beetroot is renowned to be a great purifier. The beta cyanin in beetroot helps in the process of eliminating toxins and potentially preventing the build-up of fatty deposits. It detoxifies the body by pulling the toxins into the colon from where they can be evacuated. It also contains an antioxidant named glutathione that protects the liver from any kind of damage. So, if you have over indulged last night, adding beetroot juice to your diet can help you recover immediately.
- Acts as Natural Viagra:
Beetroot has been used since ages to boost one’s sexual health and performance. Since beetroot is a rich source of nitrates, it helps release nitric oxide into the body, which is further related to widening the blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to the genitals. Moreover, beetroot also contains a lot of boron, which is important for the production of the human sex hormone. Thus, a glass of beetroot is enough to bring the Viagra effect.
After reading all these benefits who is going to grab a glass of juice of beetroot or raw beetroot as salad? At least I am going to have it as soon as i complete this article!! I don’t think there is anybody who would think twice before making it a priority. If still there is someone in that category so let me tell you guys that these eight benefits are not it, beetroot is also helpful for diabetic patients, it helps in respiratory problems, gives brighter complexion to skin and fight all skin ailments. So, what are your thoughts now? I am sure you are really feeling the thirst for beetroot juice. So, just go and grab a glass of beetroot juice and better make it your daily routine.
People with kidney problem or gallbladder problem should avoid taking beet root as it contains oxalates which can lead to stones.
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