10 Reasons to Love Beets

Beets are among the best superfoods.  They are packed with nutrition and healing properties. Not counting their delicious taste and incredible versatility, here are 10 reasons to love these delicious darlings of the vegetable kingdom.

Lowers High Blood Pressure: New research on June 30, 2016 in the medical journal Nitric Oxide found that drinking beet juice significantly reduced high blood pressure. That’s great news to the more than one billion global sufferers of hypertension. Another study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found that raw beet juice was more effective than cooked beets, although both are helpful.

Improves Blood Flow in Heart Disease: Animal research published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed that the simple addition of beets to the diets of animals suffering from chronic heart failure resulted in significant improvement in oxygen transport and other blood markers for heart disease.

Boosts Prostate Health: The mineral zinc, found in beets, is essential to prostate health.

Battles Leukemia: In a study published in the Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, researchers compared the effects of drinking a combination of beet and carrot juice on its own or in combination with the anti-leukemia drug chlorambucil against leukemia. They concluded that “Beetroot-carrot juice can be used as an effective treatment for (leukemia) alone or in combination with chlorambucil when taken orally with regular diet on daily basis.”

Increases Exercise Endurance: Research in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that beets increase oxygenation of the muscles and increases exercise endurance.

Boosts Gut Health: Beets are a rich source of prebiotics, the foods for healthy microbes or probiotics in your intestines. By eating more beets you’ll feed the healthy bacteria and other beneficial microbes that give your gut health a boost.

Reduces the Risk of Birth Defects: Beets are rich in the B vitamin known as folate, which has been shown in many studies to reduce the risk of birth defects in fetuses.

Aids Diabetes: Beets are high in the nutrient known as alpha lipoic acid, which is one of the most potent antioxidants you can get. Not only does it fight disease-causing free radicals on its own, it recycles other antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A, C and E. Alpha lipoic acid has been found to reduce the nerve damage often linked with diabetes.

Reduces Inflammation in the Body: Beets contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds known as betalains.

Alleviates Allergies: Beets are high in natural compounds known as anthocyanins, which is the group of natural pigments that give beets their characteristic purplish color. Anthocyanins have been found to alleviate allergies.

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. And, of course, you can also add beets to your juicer or high-powered blender while making your favorite fresh juices or smoothies.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim: Balance Your Body Chemistry to Burn Fat Fast! (Rodale).

 

352 comments

Christine J
Christine J2 years ago

Love beets. We don't need pointless, inaccurate and unethical animal testing to tell us that beets are good for our health. Our grannies could have told us!

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Junior P.
Junior P2 years ago

beets are a good source of zinc and it is very important to keep our prostate working properly, I think we can prevent or at least decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a good alimentation (vegetables, fruits, fish, no red mead ), also, I recommend a supplement I have been taking for 5 months, its named alpharise, this supplement is 100% natural and it helped me get over my frequent urination problem and my low libido, my urologist prescribed it to me.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

Love beets!

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Joanne p.
Joanne p2 years ago

Ty

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Rhonda BC
.2 years ago

TYFS:)

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Elena Poensgen
Elena P2 years ago

Thank you

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federico bortoletto

Grazie

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Chris W.
Chris W2 years ago

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Wanda A.
Wanda A2 years ago

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