Beets, oh sweet beets! Love them or not – you should definitively eat them because eating healthy is one of the very best things you can do for your self, your body and your mind because we are talking about one of the super foods. “The Purple Knight”
The Purple Knight-Beetroot
The history of beets stretches back to ancient times. Folk medicine is full of stories about using beets and beet juice for fighting cancer. Beets tend to have a strong flavor– earthy taste–due to an organic compound. It’s called geosmin. Beetroot can be eaten raw – roasted, boiled, cooked, shredded, In a salad or pickled. There are 75 calories in each cup of beets.
A half cup of boiled beets contains 45 mg of folate -nearly 11% of the Daily Value.
Cooking Tip- To boil beetroot -trim and wash the beetroot, but do not peel. Place the beetroot in a large saucepan and cover with 2 cm of water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until tender, 30 to 40 min. The greens-they can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.
Buy them small- choose small or medium size beets. They are tender at that age.
Yes, you can buy R.W.Knudsen,Organic Beet or Lakeland Organic Pure Beet Juice which is 99% beet juice and puree and 1% lemon juice.
Nutritional highlights –
Beets are an excellent food to include in most diets especially the greens They are an excellent source of folate they are a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, tryptophan, iron, copper, and phosphorus, high amount of Vitamin B complex, Vitamins A and C.
Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of manganese and potassium. They contain more sugar than any other vegetable.
Nutrition info: ½ cup of sliced beets contains 9 grams of carbohydrate, no fat, and 2 grams of fiber. Beets have a moderate glycemic index of about 64.
Benefits of Beetroot
Promote Liver Detoxification, Boost Blood Detoxification, Digestion and Regularity:
Beets are an excellent blood cleanser as the betalain in beets helps promote a liver cleanse. The liver is the vital organ that detoxifies the blood that comes through the digestive tract.
Pectin, in these root vegetables, helps flush out toxins from the liver. Betaines in beets stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy. Beets help heal liver diseases. They are one of the super-foods that have the ability to reverse fatty liver .The fiber and the antioxidants in beets help in flushing out toxic substances and keeping digestive health. Because of its high fiber content, beetroot helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
Benefits of Beetroots to Cancer Patients
The betacyanin present in the beetroot helps in preventing the formation of cancerous tumors. Beets contain a very high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols – not only to protect the cells from damage caused by the oxidation of free radicals, but they are capable of blocking the action of certain enzymes conducive to cancer. Taking beetroot juice would help the cancer patients in a great way! Betanin pigments from beets have been shown to lessen tumor cell growth. The tumor cell types tested include tumor cells from, stomach, lung, breast, prostate, testicular tissue and colon. Beet juice is used in Europe for the treatment of cancer.
Lowers Blood Pressure
The high content of nitrates in beetroot produces a gas called nitric oxide. This gas helps to dilate your blood vessels which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. Beetroots are known to be very useful for heart.
The flavonoids and Vitamin C in beets help support the structure the smallest blood vessels in the body – capillaries
TIP-drinking 250 ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly lowered human blood pressure for several hours).
Beets are extremely important in curing anemia. Eating beets and drinking beetroot juice helps in regeneration of red blood cells. Beetroots help in preventing and treating anemia, they are also known to be good remedy for menopause symptoms and menstrual disorders.
Promote Weight Loss
Packed with fiber and nutrients beets are an excellent addition to a weight-loss diet. Potassium and Magnesium help to detoxify the body and flush out excess water, preventing bloating. This helps optimize metabolism and helps in losing excess weight.
Treating Birth Defects
Several birth defects can be reduced or treated by taking beetroots because they contain high amount of Vitamin B complex, folate or folic acid which when consumed by the pregnant women can help it reduce the risk of having a child with abnormalities. Studies also showed that beetroot juice also aids in preventing miscarriage. There may be some side effects of taking beetroot juice during pregnancy because of the presence of betaine which may affect both mother and the child.
Brain or Mental Health:
Beetroots are also known to have great mental health benefits. These red colored vegetables contain nitrates in them which have been proved to open up blood vessels and aid the blood flow freely. Blood flow to the brain is helpful in improving mental health. Poor blood flow to the brain results in onset of dementia.
Beetroots are Beneficial- as Aphrodisiac
Beets have been considered an aphrodisiac for millennia. Beets contain significant levels of the mineral boron, which has been shown to boost the production of sexual hormones.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of death (Worldwide). Beets can lower your blood pressure. Potassium-rich beetroot helps lower the risk of stroke and some other heart issues.Potassium relaxes the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure throughout the body.
Other Benefits of Beetroot -Boost Immunity and High Source of Fiber, Benefits in Arthritis, Anti Aging, Prevent Respiratory Problems, Boost Endurance & Stamina, Increase Energy Levels
Side Effects of Beetroots:
1.Beeturia -Some percentage of the population suffers from a condition known as beeturia, where they excrete pink or red colored urine because of consuming Beetroots. This side effect is harmless, do not panic it’s not blood in your urine—it’s just beets. Same goes for your number-twos: if you notice red in the toilet bowl, you’re not bleeding; it’s just the beets making their way through your digestive tract.
2.Nausea and Diarrhea -Beetroot contains betaine pigment which increases the total cholesterol level in the body, and people with kidney disease must avoid beetroot so as to avoid any complication. So excess of beetroot, especially if you have a history of kidney stones; may be dangerous for you. One of the side effects of Beetroots is it may cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach upset etc in some people taking the vegetable.
3.Beetroot Lowers the Blood Pressure Level:- Beetroot lowers the body’s blood pressure level. This can be a good thing for those who have high blood pressure. But it is important to note that it can bring down the body’s blood pressure level seriously down.
4.Iron and Copper Condition:-Beetroots are packed with minerals like and copper and iron so if you are suffering from Wilson Disease which doesn’t allow a person’s body to lose excess copper or Hemochromatosis (overload of iron in the body);you must avoid taking excess of beetroot.
5.Lowering Calcium Level:-One more side effect of Beetroots is it lowers the calcium level in the body and this may lead to many diseases including bone problems. Talk to your doctor for best advice on beetroot consumption.
There are a lot of wonderful benefits about the beetroot, taking proper dose of beetroot and maintaining the precautions can be helpful for you if you want to take the advantage of Beetroots for your health and it is always recommended that you start with a low dose of beetroot juice until your body start tolerating the cleansing effect. Appropriate dosage (for beginners) would be 4-5 ounces of beetroot juice a day! Enjoy
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