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Beets Boosts Brain Performance

beetsBeets detoxifies and cleanses our cells by providing our bodies with increased nutrients and oxygen, making it hostile for cancer cells. With its high iron content, beets hit cancer cells with a fresh supply of oxygen and promotes the generation of new healthy cells.

But a new Canadian study also suggests that beets helps to keep the brain young. The study involved 26 men and women over the age of 55. These were individuals that did not exercise and took medication to control their high blood pressure.

How to Pickle Beets

pickled beetsWinter is approaching which means fresh beets will be hard to find in the supermarkets. If you happen to have a large stockpile of beets then here's a simple method of pickling beets so you can enjoy them all winter long.

First roast or boil the beets until they are tender. Cooking time varies depending on the size of the beets. Small beets can be pickled whole but the larger ones should be sliced in half or in quarters so that they can fit in the jar.

The Benefits of Drinking Beet Juice

beet-juice-benefitsWe all know that beets are super good for our health. It provides a ton of vitamins and minerals and it strengthens our liver for optimal health. But it also provides something that many are not aware of. It provides an energy boost.

If you rely on coffee every morning to get that extra boost of energy maybe you should consider drinking beet juice instead. It has been shown to increase stamina in athletes and for the average Joe it simply gives you more energy.

One of the key components in beet juice is naturally occurring nitrates. Nitrates help open up the blood vessels by increasing a molecule called nitric oxide. The result is increased oxygen and blood flow while lowering blood pressure.

Research has shown that drinking one cup of beet juice a day can significantly lower your blood pressure. So it's best to start out slow and drink half a cup a day until your body gets used to it. Then you can drink one to two cups a day.

Cooking Red Beets

cooking red beetsCooking Red Beets is so simple that everybody should include this wonder food in their diets.

Always make sure the beets you buy have the stems and root ends attached. They stay fresher for a longer time plus the stems and leaves are just as nutritious as the root.

You generally should try to buy small to medium sized beets as the larger ones can take a long time to cook.

Cut the green stems so that 2 inches of it remains on the root. Do not cut the root ends. This prevents the red juices from seeping into the water.

Boil the beets in lightly salted water for up to 45 minutes depending on the size of the beetroot.

Why You Should Eat Beets

beetsWhen was the last time you had your beets? If you're like most people it's probably been a long time.

Most people know that beets are good for the body but are put off by the taste.

Well I can't stand the taste of beets either and that's why I juice them.

Juice one apple and one beet and you have yourself a great tasting health drink.

Hear are some reasons why you should add beets to your daily diet.

Lowers Blood Pressure

This wonderful vegetable is high in nitrates which is converted into nitric oxide by the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels and give them more elasticity thus lowering blood pressure.