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Beets 101

beets-101The beetroot, or more commonly beets, are native to the Mediterranean and have been harvested since ancient times.

Initially used as animal feed, it wasn’t until the 16th century when Romans began eating the green leaves and by the 19th century the whole plant.

Beets can be eaten raw but people usually cook it as it brings out the flavor and is more easily edible.

Both beetroot and the stems are high in nitrate, which has the ability to help increase the body’s production of nitric oxide. It’s this nitric oxide that helps expand blood vessels thus lowering blood pressure.

Beets are Packed with Vitamins and Minerals

Folate: This vitamin aids the body in the production of red blood cells and helps the heart functional optimally and stay healthy.

Magnesium: Magnesium is one of the most important minerals and is responsible for than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. A diet high in magnesium regulates blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Manganese: A relatively unknown mineral that is essential for regulating blood sugar and bone production.

Potassium: This electrolyte plays an important role in regulating blood pressure and improving kidney function.

Fiber: Fiber plays an important role in your body and is responsible for regulating blood sugar, bowel movements, heart health and a host of other important roles.

Copper: This key mineral is responsible for maintaining blood volume and building strong tissue. It also plays a vital role in energy production.

Vitamin C: This is perhaps the single most popular vitamin. The health benefits are enormous from reducing the severity of cold symptoms to supporting the immune system to fight cancer.

Vitamin B6: A part of the family of B vitamins, B6 is vital for the proper function of the digestive tract and essential for the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

Iron: Iron is vital for the production of red blood cells and is responsible for regulating brain health and body temperature.

Some of the Many Health Benefits of Beets Include:

Blood Pressure: This super vegetable acts as a solvent of calcium deposits that cause the arteries to harden resulting in a decreased blood pressure for most people.

Cancer: Beets contain a combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules that provide a significant risk reduction of many types of cancer.

Constipation: Like many other vegetables, beets are rich in fiber and incorporating this super food into your daily diet can help relieve chronic constipation.

Detoxification: Beets detoxes the liver and cleanses the blood which makes it the perfect vegetable for those looking to detox their system.

Minerals: As mentioned before beets have an abundant supply of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, copper and iron.