Beetroot has been hailed as a new superfood. As well as containing beneficial antioxidants, which may help to mop up damaging free radicals in the blood, this root vegetable is rich in nutrients such as iron, silica, potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B9 (otherwise known as folate) and vitamin C.
Many studies suggest that beetroot may help lower blood pressure and increase stamina, and aid healthy digestion.
When it comes to a healthy routine, going natural is the surest way. There’s no short cut in achieving that natural glow that everyone is looking for.
With that said, let’s explore some of the benefits of drinking beetroot juice. Well beetroot is a sweet root vegetable that most people either love or hate. If you hate it, then by the end of this article, I bet you might change your attitude towards this amazing vegetable.
Although they have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beet roots a few times a week (and their greens in unlimited quantities), enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavor but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways;
1. Helps lower blood pressure
Researchers found that people who drank 8 ounces of beetroot juice daily lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Nitrates, compounds in beetroot juice that convert into nitric acid in the blood and help widen and relax blood vessels, are thought to be the cause.
2. Boost Your Stamina
Drinking beetroot juice has proven valuable enough in boosting your energy levels. According to studies, drinking beetroot juice increases plasma nitrate levels and boosts physical performance.
3. Anti-Cancer Properties
Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor 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.
4. Supports your liver
Ever heard those stories of ‘washing your blood’? Beetroot juice has proven good enough to help your liver in case it becomes overloaded due to either, a poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to toxic substances or sedentary lifestyle. It helps in the detoxification process because it contains betaine, a substance that helps prevent or reduce fatty deposits in the liver. Betaine may also help protect your liver from toxins.
5. Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.