I have to admit, I’m a sucker for pickled beets, but are beets really healthy for you? Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid
Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fiber. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Read on to find out more about how ruby red beets can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle
Helpful To Reduce Blood Pressure & Strokes:
Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.
Beetroot And Diabetes:
As diabetics, we are already sweet enough, but hey, we are still human and have sugar cravings just like everyone else. Step away from the chocolate! A great alternative for us diabetics or anyone recently diagnosed with diabetes to help fulfill those sweet craving is a little beetroot. Since it contains sugars, is fat free, low in calories and has a medium glycemic index it can be a perfect alternative and just what the doctor ordered. A medium glycemic index means that it releases sugars slowly into the blood. This in turn will help prevent spikes in our blood sugars as well as help with our sugar craving.
Great Source Of Fiber:
Just 1 cup of beetroot contains 3.4 g of fiber. Fiber promotes healthy bowels, helps with regularity and can also give you a feeling of fullness. Consume fiber with a meal and you can reduce your appetite and the amount of food you consume in one sitting. According to the USDA, dietary fiber is also associated with a lower risk for developing obesity, colon cancer and diabetes. The USDA recommends that you consume 14 g of fiber for every 1,000 calories you intake.
Beetroot And Cancer Protection:
Lets just start out by saying this study only evaluated betacyanin on its own, but improvements in blood pressure may only be the beginning to the beetroot’s scientific application. Within the beetroot is betacyanin, which has been found to slow the growth of tumors by 12.5 percent in patients with prostate and breast cancer. The importance of slowing cancer growth shouldn’t be underestimated. Many cancer patients are dubbed “cancer free,” but only in light of the fact that the cancer has not returned over a certain period of time. Anything that might slow the growth of cancer within a patient will always allow more time to treat or even discover the disease before it becomes fatal.
Beetroot Side Effects:
So what about the side effects of beetroot? For some people, eating beetroot may induce beeturia; a red or pink color in the urine or stool. It is totally harmless, but if your concerned feel free to chat with your doctor before having some! Beet greens and, to a lesser extent, the roots contain high levels of oxolate. Individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming beetroot.
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