Beetroots or beets belong to the Chenopodiaceae family are popular root vegetable used as an ingredient to salads, soups and as a natural coloring agent.
The sign of their cultivation was approximately 4000 years ago in the Mediterranean region. They are the rich source of vitamins, minerals, potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, calcium and many more.
Beets have the highest sugar content and have high in carbohydrates, fiber and have low in fat, cholesterol, and calories. Some other amazing health benefits of beetroot are as follows:
1) Lower blood pressure
Beets are rich in dietary nitrates which are converted into nitric oxide. This nitric oxide helps to relax blood vessels and thus helps in lowering blood pressure and prevent hypertension.
Regular consumption of beetroot is required to experience long term reduction in blood pressure and it also reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure.
2) Prevent anemia
Many people nowadays are suffering from anemia. It is mainly caused due to the deficiency of iron in our body. Beetroots are the rich source of iron and which helps to boosts the regeneration of red blood cells and prevent anemia. Vitamin C present in beets helps in boosting iron absorption.
3) Boost digestion
Beetroots also used to improve digestive disorders such as constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and diverticulitis.
They contain fiber and antioxidant that helps in flushing out toxic substances from the body. 3.4 grams of fiber is present in one cup of beetroot.
4) Increase energy levels
Beets contain carbohydrates that provide energy to your body. Carbohydrates play an important role in energy metabolism. An optimal level of carbohydrates helps in all important metabolic reactions and keeps the organs to function efficiently.
5) Prevent respiratory problems
Beetroot is a rich source of vitamin C that helps to prevent asthma. Vitamin C helps to defend against free radicals in the body and stimulates the activity of white blood cells which helps to defense against viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoa toxins.
6) Improves brain health
As we grow older our mental and cognitive function naturally decline. This decline in memory is caused due to the reduction in blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain and this may also result in dementia.
Beetroot promoting the dilation of blood vessels and thus increasing blood flow to the brain. It helps to improve blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, the area which is responsible for higher level thinking such as decision making and working memory.
7) Helps in weight loss
Beetroot is a rich source of fiber and nutrients and is an excellent diet to lose weight. Magnesium and potassium help to detoxify the body and to flush out the excess amount of water from the body and thus helps to prevent bloating.
Beet juice is considered as a detoxifying diet and helps to cleanse the liver and blood which helps in weight loss.
8) Promote liver detoxification
This root vegetable contains a water-soluble fiber called pectin which helps to flush out toxins from the liver. Betains present in beets helps to stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy.
According to the American Liver Foundation, beets also help to heal liver diseases.
9) Reduce Macular degeneration
The beta carotene present in beetroot helps in reducing and slowing macular degeneration in the eyes. Macular degeneration affects the aging process in many people and increases in free radicals.
Beta carotene is a form of vitamin A which have antioxidant properties that help to prevent your eyes against the effects of free radicals.
10) Fight inflammation
Beetroot contains a pigment called betalains which have a number of anti-inflammatory properties. One study shows that betalain capsules made with beetroot extract help to reduce pain and other disease associated with it. However, more research in human is required to confirm this theory.