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Beetroot Health Benefits

Beetroot containsfolic acid which isessential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord during the first three months of pregnancy and can help prevent spinal cord defects such as spina bifida.

 

Beetroot also contains iron so is a fantastic pick-me-up for mums-to-be suffering from fatigue during pregnancy. Beetroot containssoluble fibre, which has also been shown to havecholesterol lowering capabilities.

 

It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being oxidised and deposited in the arteries.

 

Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.

 

The juice effectively also boosts the immune system and fights inflammation (which leads to premature aging).

 

Since the immune system is supported by this humble vegetable, it is worthwhile to include the raw juice in the diet, specifically when a person is prone to recurrent infections or has a deficient immune system.

 

Also known as ‘natural Viagra’, beetroot has been commonly used in a number of ancient customs to boost one’s sexual health. 

 

Since the vegetable is a rich source of nitrates it helps release nitric oxide into the body, widening the blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to the genitals a mechanism that medicines like Viagra seek to replicate.

 

Another factor is that beetroot contains a lot of boron, a chemical compound that is important for the production of the human sex hormone.

 

Beetroot is packed with mineral silica, an important component for the body to use calcium efficiently. Since calcium makes up our bones and teeth, having a glass of beetroot juice a day could help keep conditions such as osteoporosis and brittle bone disease at bay. Here’s some information onhow you can prevent osteoporosis.

 

Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.

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