Beets have been eaten for centuries. Originally they grew along the Mediterranean coast of Europe and North Africa and in Asia. For centuries people ate only the tops, which are in fact very nutritious and make a delicious addition to salads. Unfortunately most beets cultivated today are genetically modified. So always look for Non GMO Beets and Organic. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre. Eaten in moderation they can be a healthy addition to any diet.
Vitamins: Beets contain significant amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K and the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, B6, B12, pantothenic acid and folate. Riboflavin and B12 are often deficient in western populations, especially the aged, so eating beets could be a major dietary source for many people.
Minerals: Beets are high in the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
Other Nutrients: Beets also contain many important phytonutrients like carotenoids, flavonoids, betaine and dietary fibre (both of which assist digestion)
Helps Keep Your Blood Pressure In Check : Beets contain a high concentration of nitrtes, which have a blood pressure-lowering effect and can also increase blood circulation. This may lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke.
Can Help Improve Your Energy Eating beets may enhance athletic performance and Stamina by improving oxygen use and time to exhaustion. To maximize their effects, beets should be consumed 2–3 hours prior to training or competing.
Known to Fight Inflammation: Beets may have a number of anti-inflammatory effects more studies are being done to confirm this but currently this theory is strongly possible
Reduces Asthma & Colds / Flue as well as Strengthen Lungs and Throat
Aids in Digestion: Beets are a good source of fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health, as well as reducing the risk of a number of chronic health conditions
Can Improve Eye Health And Help Reduce The Risk Of Macular Degeneration and improve night vision
May Support Brain Health: Beets contain nitrates, which may help increase blood flow to the brain, improve cognitive function and possibly reduce the risk of dementia. More research is being done in this area of study
May Have Some Anti Cancer Fighting Properties: Studies in isolated human cells and rats have shown that the pigments in beets may help reduce the growth of cancer cells.
May Aid in Weight Loss: Beets have a high water and low calorie content. Both of these properties are beneficial for weight loss.