Like most of the other vegetables, Romans was the first who cultivated beetroots. This red juicy veggie belongs to the chard and spinach family, hence its leaves and roots can be eaten. It can be eaten raw as it tastes sweet, and also can be cooked and pickled.
Beetroot is highly nutritional in nature and its leaves are rich in calcium, iron, vitamin A and C. It also contains folic acid and is a good source of potassium and magnesium. In this article, we are going to discuss health benefits of this deep, earthy flavor beet.
1. Reduce bad cholesterol:
Beetroot fibre have shown in increase in level of anti-oxident enzymes in body. Betanin, the pigment which gives beetroot its red colour, is a potent antioxident. According to research, antioxidents reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol protect the artery walls and guard against heart disease and stroke.
2. Boosts endurance:
Beet contains phytochemicals like quercetin and resveratrol. It also contains the nitrate which improves muscle efficiency and reduce the blood pressure. This allows to exercise at a higher intensity with the same level of effort/energy. Research has shown that drinking beet-apple juice can make some activities less exhaustive.
3. Improves hair strength:
Beetroot is one of the excellent home remedies to fight the flakes and an itchy scalp. It contains iron, manganese and folic acid which are essential for a healthy hair condition and hair growth. Take some beet juice, mix it with ginger paste, olive oil and apply it to scalp.
4. Improves lever health:
Lever detoxify your body by cleaning your blood. Beetroot juice can serve as a natural blood cleanser. Drinking beetjuice will help the lever in the process of detoxification. Also, betaine present in beet root can help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver.
5. Prevents dementia:
Dementia is the condition in which oxygen flow to the brain is reduced. Beetroots produce nitric acid, which helps increase blood flow throughout your body, including to your brain as blood vessels widen due to the presence of nitrites. The increased flow of blood improves oxygenation in affected areas, slowing the onset of dementia.
Now as you know the benefits of beetroots, the next time you bring home the veggies, do include beet in the basket. Also remember, the nutrients in the beets are highly sensitive to heat. So, the more you cook the beets on high heat, more the nutrients will be lost. It is best to mildly steam or bake it at lower temperatures or eat it raw.