Beets: Not Just a Salad Topping
Do you remember the last time you had beets in one of your meals? I don’t. Actually, I can count the number of times I remember having beets on two hands. This isn’t because I don’t enjoy them, or dislike the flavor but, the only reason I would ever have beets would be in a salad or a smoothie. This is mostly because I never really saw any real reason to add them to my diet, until now. Recently, numerous studies have shown just how rich in nutrients this red root plant is, and how beneficial they may be to our health.
To summarize some of the benefits of beets, Health.com published an article, “8 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Beets,” which outlines plenty of reasons to add more beets to your diet. While most of us know that vegetables contain nutrients that are beneficial to our health, beets surpass the nutrient value of most vegetables. They are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but beets are also great sources of nitrate, betaine and betalain; three uncommon but highly beneficial nutrients. Nitrate gets converted to nitric oxide by the body which supports oxygen transport and circulation, betaine is an amino acid known to provide many benefits to the body, and betalain is a powerful antioxidant.
Here is a brief review of “8 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Beets:”
Your blood pressure may improve. When the body converts the nitrates in beets to nitric oxide, it helps to relax and dilate blood vessels; helping with circulation with may lower blood pressure.
Your heart disease risk may drop. Rich in betaine and folate, beets can help lower blood levels of homocysteine, which in high levels increases your risk for heart disease.
You may improve your stamina. Some research has suggested that nitrates help boost endurance performance when taken two to three hours before physical activity.
Your brain may work better. Since nitric oxide helps improve circulation, this also means more blood flow to the brain. A study done in older men and women that were fed a high-nitrate diet showed more blood flow to the frontal lobe – the area of the brain for focus, organization, and attention to detail.
Your liver may be lighter. Some studies have shown that betaine may help prevent and reduce the accumulation of fat in the liver; improving liver function and reducing liver size.
You may be better at fighting chronic diseases. Beets are high in the antioxidant, betalain. Antioxidants help the body combat free radical damage and inflammation which are markers of many chronic illnesses.
You may become regular. One cup of beets contains 4g of dietary fiber which helps with regularity and reduces the risk of constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.
You can read the full article details HERE.
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Give your body some beets for optimal health!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.