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7 Reasons to Love Beets

7 Reasons to Love Beets

Beets are among my favorite vegetables.  Not only are they delicious, they are nutritional powerhouses.  Here are 7 reasons to love beets:

1.  Lower blood pressure (when high). A recent study at London’s Queen Mary University found that one glass of beet juice daily was more effective at lowering high blood pressure than medication.  Of course, this doesn’t mean you should stop taking medication if you have high blood pressure.  But, it does mean that adding a cup of beet juice and more beets to your diet could be helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina and heart disease.

2.  Anti-inflammatory. Raw beets or raw beet juice contain betaine — a natural anti-inflammatory that helps protect against aging and disease.

3.  Increase exercise endurance. A study at England’s University of Exeter found that eating foods rich in naturally-occurring nitrates, like beets, improved endurance during exercise.  The scientists studied various substances and training methods to see which, if any, would improve stamina.  Beet juice had the greatest effect, improving peoples’ ability to exercise for 16% longer than without it, without tiring.  Naturally-occurring nitrates have been shown to widen blood vessels and allow more oxygen-rich blood to travel to the heart.  And, while I’m not aware of any studies, I’m sure that the increased stamina and improved circulation from beet consumption may transfer to the bedroom as well.

4.  Anti-cancer effects. The phytonutrient, proanthocyanidin, that gives beets their rich purplish color is also a potent anti-cancer compound.  Meanwhile the fiber found in beets also helps protect against cancer.  This particular fiber increases the body’s ability to detect and remove abnormal cells in the body before they can become cancerous.

5.  Boost immunity. Beets are high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.

6.  Reduce the risk of birth defects. Beets are high in the B-complex vitamin folate which when consumed by pregnant women have been shown in many studies to reduce the risk of birth defects in the baby.

7.  Rich in essential minerals. Beets are also high in the minerals manganese and potassium.  Manganese is required for healthy bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.  Potassium helps ensure healthy nerve and muscle function.

You can enjoy raw beets grated on a salad or juiced, and cooked beets in soups and stews.  I love steamed beets tossed with a little flax oil (don’t cook the flax oil though) and sea salt.

Other Recipes:
Baked Beets with Fresh Herbs & Butter
Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Adapted from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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6:20PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

Chioggia beets, which are what are show in the picture are beautiful, but I just haven't been able to love their flavor. Maybe need to keep searching for a heritage variety with a little less bite.

5:29AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

One of my favorite foods, thanks for sharing.

1:33PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

Thanks.

4:40AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

I bought 'golden' beets for the first time. Boiled, peeled, sliced, placed in bowl with vinegar. They are good; am wondering about nutrient values. Yes, red beets are very good covered with vinegar.

8:58PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

so cool

12:33PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Love beets, especially borscht!

1:20AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thank you.

7:32AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thanks.

3:30PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

great thank you xx

12:35PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I love beets

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