Health Benefits of Beetroot have been enjoyed by many cultures as far back as history takes us.
Beetroot is an "easy to grow" plant and the many minerals and vitamins contained in the leaves as well as the root can be used to stave off many different diseases including the BIG C.
Beetroot contains nitrate which it absorbs from the soil it was cultivated in. Nitrate is known to help widen blood vessels, thereby helping with a blood pressure which is higher than it should be
People suffering from Angina use a nitrate drug to help their symptoms.
The deep ruby red color of Beetroot is important because it contains Betacyanin which is a powerful anti-oxidant that has shown to possess anti-cancer properties.
Beetroot is also high in fiber (which helps regulate bowel movements) and combined with Betacyanin is beneficial for treating the colon and can help to stave off colon and stomach cancer.
Beetroot is high in nitrate, a compound that the body metabolizes into nitrite when mixed with bacteria in the mouth.
Nitric oxide is known to help regulate muscle contraction, blood flow and the balance of blood sugar and calcium, all of which are important when exercising.
Nitric oxide widens the blood vessels thereby allowing oxygen easier access to the cells, which any athlete will consider a big advantage.
Beetroot is a very good detoxifier.
It will help to detox the liver, the gall bladder and the kidneys and folklore says it can even help with preventing kidney stones.
Beetroot contains a bio-active agent called betaine which is helpful for liver complaints especially in the accumulation of fat deposits caused by alcohol abuse.
Because beetroot helps to widen the blood vessel, this means it will also help the blood to get through to the brain quicker and maybe slow down the development of Alzheimer's and the dementia that goes along with it.
Grate raw beetroot with apple and this is what it will do for you:
3 Scrubbed and quartered Beetroots, stems, leaves and all
2 sticks celery
2 peeled apples
3 springs fresh parsley
1 cup watercress
Push through a juice extractor and drink the juice for a good old fashioned boost of Beetroot.
All these ingredients are beneficial to your health in many ways.
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