The beetroot is considered as one of the healthiest vegetables on the Earth because it prevents a lot of health conditions and illnesses. The anthocyanin gives the beetroot its red color and its anti-cancerous properties.
There are various studies made for its anti-cancerous properties on different types of cancer. Moreover, it is known for its anti-inflammatory agent, betaine. Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, copper, magnesium, iron, iodine, phosphorus and potassium are also contained in the beetroot.
Folate, which is known for preventing the birth defects, is another important thing of the beetroot. The beetroot helps to detoxify the blood and the liver, it regulates the blood flow and cholesterol levels.
Beets are rich in nitrates which prevent high blood pressure.
There is a study which shows that one glass of beet juice reduces the blood pressure almost 4 to 5 points.
They are good for athletes because they increase the energy and endurance during exercising. They can be eaten in many different ways raw, cooked, steamed or juiced.
Their green leaves contain potassium and they can also be cooked (644mg. are contained in half a cup) but they also contain zinc, phosphorus, manganese, protein, copper, vitamin A, calcium and vitamin C. But most of all they contain iron even more than spinach.
They boost the immune system, strengthen the bones and in this way they prevent osteoporosis.
Some studies have shown that they even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
If we remove sodium from our diet and consume foods rich in potassium, by 21 percent we reduce the risk of stroke.
Preventing cataracts is another health benefit of the beets and it is due to the beta-carotene in it.
A glass of fresh beet juice is a nice way to boost your energy and start the day.