Beets are very healthful and nutritious. They provide you with all the Vitamin K that you need in a day. Just like spinach and kale, they can be eaten raw or sautéed with garlic, onions and olive oil. They also contain vitamin A and an antioxidant called alpha-lipoic acid. According to studies, alpha-lipoic acid might be helpful for people with diabetic neuropathy. Moreover, beets and beets juice contain plenty of heart-healthy nitrates. This can improve your heart health by lowering your blood pressure.
Now you know why Dwight Schrute from ‘The Office’ kept going on and on about eating beets.
How do beets help us stay healthy? Here’s a quick look at the top health benefits of beets:
Beets keep our organs healthy:
Decreased blood flow can cause dementia and various other illnesses that happen as we age. Beets are helpful with preventing or delaying these age-related ailments. Our brain health improves because of this increased blood flow due to the nitrates present in beetroot.
Low in calories, and great for weight loss
They are low in calories but high in nutrients. This is why they are excellent for adding to a diet focused on losing weight.
There are some claims that beets may even prevent cancer cells. The antioxidants in beets may have anti-cancer properties. More studies are needed to prove this.
Lowers blood pressure naturally
Blood pressure reduces after consuming beets and that is why it is recommended in diets for high blood pressure patients.
Improves gut health
They are high in fibre and are good for improving digestive health. By consuming beet, we can keep our colon clean and reduce our chances of being constipated.
Beets keep our heart healthy and reduce our chances of having a stroke. A lot of factors such as reduction in blood pressure, improved blood flow and anti-inflammatory properties of beets are responsible for making them a heart-healthy food.
Carotenoids present in beets are responsible for keeping our eyes healthy. A blurry vision can be delayed by regular consumption of beet.
Beets are wonderful for building immunity against various diseases and infections that may ail us. We can drink beet boiled water or consume them in salads, or in pickled form to increase our vitamin C intake from beets. It’s an antioxidant rich food that keeps us young and healthy. It protects our cells from damage as well as contributes to repair.
Rich in iron
If you are suffering from anemia, beets will help a great deal. They will improve your energy levels and you will see an improvement in how you feel. Beets increase our iron intake naturally and this puts less pressure on our heart and other organs.
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