Beetroot has an exceptional nutritional value, which is why many consider it a superfood. It contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which have amazing health benefits for us.
What are the health benefits you can get from beetroots?
Beetroots have a unique mix of antioxidants, a bit unusual for red vegetables. For those of you who are interested in the details like me, most vegetables contain carotenoids (beta-carotene in particular), whilst red vegetables get their colour from anthocyanins. However, beets are unique in also including and getting their colour from betalain antioxidant pigment. For this reason, they stand out in their ability to deliver a wider scope of benefits for the body than most other vegetables:
- Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, they are especially beneficial for heart health, reduction of blood pressure and protection of other organs.
- Great source of folic acid, potassium, magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 and C.
- Promote a healthy complexion and hair, and increased energy, mainly through supporting your body in detoxification.
- Help with stamina and your body’s recovery, following an intense workout.
- Can reduce certain types of cancer, including prostate, colon and stomach, thanks to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,.
- Thanks to their rich fiber content and glutamine, an amino acid, beetroots help keeping our digestive system running smoothly and the intestinal tract in a good condition (hence it is beneficial in preventing colon cancer).
- Great for improving memory and concentration during the day, as well as improving our mood.
Beetroot can be consumed in many forms, cooked or raw, adding a lovely sweet taste to the dishes. Just remember not to over-cook them as they will loose most of their precious betalains during the process; the suggested time is up to 15 minutes.
Their leaves have a bitter taste and they belong to the same leafy greens family as chard and spinach. They are very rich in iron and other nutrients that beetroots contain. You can use them raw for juices and smoothies, or lightly steamed just like other greens for salads or side dishes.
Quick beetroot super juice recipe:
– 3 medium beetroots
– 1 medium apple
– a pinch of salt
– 2 glasses of water
Peel and slice the beetroots and the apple into small pieces, then place them and the rest of the ingredients in your blender. The time you need to blend the ingredients for depends on your blender, mine takes about 30 seconds. Once well blended, separate the pulp from the juice by pouring the mixture through a metal sieve.
Enjoy a small glass of the juice a day few times a week on its own, or add it to a smoothie.
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