Beetroot is a seasonal vegetable that can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Beetroot is usually round and cylindrical in shape. This stunner of a vegetable enjoys a royal, deep purple hue and an earthy, sweet taste. Beetroots have gained the title of being a 'super food' owing to it's impressive range of health benefits.
Helps Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes
Research conducted shows that those who drink pure and fresh beetroot juice were able to reduce their levels of high blood pressure by a significant amount within 24 hours of drinking it! It is said that by including this heart healthy vegetable in your diet, will help you be able to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, strokes and even coronary heart disease!.
Good for Your Liver!
The first health benefit of Beet root is that this vegetable helps eliminate unhealthy and dangerous toxins from the body though the means of improving liver function as it contains a compound called Beta Cyanin. This compound helps detox the liver and therefore being very healthy for your bloodstream. This is what eliminates toxins and even prevents the accumulation of fatty deposits.
Booster for the Immune System!
Beetroot has even proved to be an excellent food just right for perking up your immune system by preventing infections and diseases. This health benefit of beetroot is probably explained by its range of extremely healthy nutrients which help stimulate the production of new blood cells.
Good for Your Mood
Beetroot will also have your mood singing with delight as this vegetable contains a compound called Betaine. This compound is known to enhance Serotonin which is a natural mood-lifter present in the body. Therefore the next time you feel glum, just nibble on some beetroot! Another amazing beetroot benefit!
Rich in Antioxidants
Beet root also has a rich antioxidant supply which is what gives beetroot its deep purple color. The antioxidants found in beetroot are extremely helpful for reducing your harmful (LDL) Cholesterol, for protecting artery walls and even for fighting Free Radicals and oxidative stress that are the main causes for cancer, cell damage and premature aging!
Rich Source of Folic Acid
Beet root is also rich in folic acid. Folic acid is an essential mineral, needed for the development and growth of cell tissue. Therefore, it is a crucially important mineral for pregnant women as the baby in the womb needs this mineral for the development of the spinal cord. It is also extremely good for fighting fatigue, a problem most pregnant women face.