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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 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of 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 upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. 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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3:52AM PST on Nov 16, 2014

Thank you :)

1:33AM PST on Nov 15, 2014

Live long and prosper

9:54PM PST on Nov 13, 2014

I love beets in any form -- raw, juiced, shredded,.baked, roasted. BORSCHT. Yummy w/a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. Let's talk about turnips and rutabagas, next.

7:24AM PST on Nov 11, 2014

sounds great

5:19AM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

For health

2:41AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

ty

12:22PM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Just had some roasted beets for lunch with a yogourt sauce made of grainy mustard, capers, lemon juice and thick yogourt.

10:35AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

love beets:):) thanks for good article

6:59AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

thanks, but I'm still not a fan of beets at all. Yuck!!!! >.

12:37PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Many thanks!

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