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Beetroot Vegetable

Beetroot is a vegetable that everyone enjoys when made into juice, it is healthy and nutritious and good for the body, and it is a dark red vegetable with an acquired taste. The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat.

 

It is grown in the ground and is related to turnips, Swedes and sugar beet.

 

Beetroot contains high concentrations of nitrates, which are converted into nitrites by bacteria in the mouth.

 

Nitrites help open blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen to places lacking in oxygen.

 

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 powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson colour may help to ward off cancer.

 

Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumour formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.

 

Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is also an antioxidant.

 

Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, in turn protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

One cup of raw beets has 58 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates. A cup of beet juice is usually around 100 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrates, because of the way it is processed.

 

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

 

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

 

It is a common myth that because beetroot is reddish in colour, it replaces lost blood and is therefore good to treat anaemia.

 

While this may sound a bit outrageous to many, there is a partial truth hidden in the myth.

 

Beetroot contains a lot of iron. Iron helps in the formation of haemagglutinin, which is a part of the blood that helps transport oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body.

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