The Power of Beetroot

News posted by Nikki Harris


Did you know?

Beetroot greens are actually higher in nutritional value than the roots – in particular calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, fibre, manganese and potassium.  They are a powerful source of antioxidants – chemical compounds that may help to protect cells against the effects of molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to pollutants (also known as free radicals).

Medicinal uses of beetroot

  • Beetroot is a great liver tonic helping to stimulate the liver’s detoxification process.
  • The naturally occurring nitrates in beetroot convert to nitric oxide in the body which may help to relax and dilate blood vessels, thus improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure (*16 ounces of fresh beet juice a day).
  • The deep purple-crimson colour (betacyanin) is a powerful agent that may suppress the development of some types of cancer.
  • Beetroot fibre may have a protective effect on bowel function (assisting in preventing constipation) and may also help to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Beetroot is a great source of glutamine (amino acid) essential to health and supporting the intestinal tract.
  • Beetroot is excellent at boosting stamina, helping you to exercise for longer.
  • Beetroot fights inflammation: they are a great source of betamine – helping to protect cells from environmental stress.

Warning: do not be alarmed: drinking a lot of beetroot juice may turn your urine and stools red due to the red pigments in the beetroot juice!   

*According to researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine

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