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8 Beet Benefits: Aphrodisiac, Brain Booster & More

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8 Beet Benefits: Aphrodisiac, Brain Booster & More

Written by Randy Fritz from Real Food Life.com

A single serving of beets can boost your energy and lower your blood pressure. Eating beets long-term can help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, and lose weight, as well as assisting in a number of other health areas.

Many people don’t like beets or consider it only a special occasion dish, but we think this powerfood should be on your plate every day.

8 Healthy Reasons to Eat Beets:

1.  Weight Loss
Beets taste sweet, but a cup of cooked beet contains only 60 calories and is full of fiber. This is a perfect food for weight management.

The sugars in beets are smart carbs, since they come in a natural whole food form.  Unlike white sugar, the beet calories come with a lot of nutrients and phytochemicals.

2.  Brain and Energy Boost
Beets are high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy.

Studies have shown nitric oxide to increase the efficiency of the mitochondria (your energy powerhouses). The results of these studies were impressive.

  • A single small serving (70 ml) of beetroot juice reduced resting blood pressure by 2%.
  • A single small serving increased the length of time professional divers could hold their breath by 11%.
  • Cyclists who drank a single larger serving (500 ml) of beetroot juice were able to ride up to 20% longer.

3.  Nature’s Viagra
One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Many plants have been considered an aphrodisiac by some culture at some time, but in this case it may be more than just wishful thinking.

As noted above, beets can increase blood flow due to their nitrates. Increased blood flow to the genital areas is one of the mechanisms Viagra and other pharmaceuticals create their effects.  Beets also contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

 

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:20AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Great, thanks!

3:30PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

great thank you xx

4:53PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Love beets, thanks!

6:02AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

great article, thank you.

3:29PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

i would love to try this

11:34PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

A little revelation - pity they are only available in cans in this part of the world!

7:23PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Too bad beets pass right through me with the only change being that my body only takes the dye, nothing else. They also make me sick, either allergic or intolerance, I get one doctor that says allergy and another that say intolerance.
But I am going to try and get my family members to eat them more if they have such health benefits.

12:23PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

This is a very informative article. I will have to look for more beet recipes. Right now I only eat it steamed and with vinegar, but the truth is that I (shamefully) never even thought of eating it any other way.

3:50AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Just sowed some today! They are so expensive in the shops, but not difficult to grow - and organic too!

5:41PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

"what child can resist the allure of orange, pink, and even green pee?”
wow, seriously? i guess if that motivates your kid to eat more veggies, then why not? btw, i LOVE beets! wish they were fresh in season for longer.

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