All over the internet, there are plenty of experts and bloggers feeding you with their choice of super foods that you have got to include in your diet. While most of their suggestions are justified, it is not complete. The reason for this is that majority of them skip over one super food that we all do not think much of… It is the amazing beets or beetroots.
Yup, you read it right: Beets.
Beets, recommended to be consumed in juice form, have a plethora of benefits that most of us have no idea about. Here, we list some of the most important benefits of consuming beets on a daily basis:
1. Betaine and Fighting Inflammation
The presence of betaine in our diet is great for our bodies as many studies have shown that its presence is related to lower levels of numerous inflammatory markers, including tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6, and C-reactive protein. A nutrient, betaine helps in protecting enzymes, proteins, and cells from environmental stress. They are also known to enhance performance, improve vascular risk factors, protect internal organs and prevent many chronic diseases. Many studies have also shown betaine to, not yet conclusively; to eventually have cardiovascular benefits in the long run. Guess what, beets are high on betaine and daily consumption of beets allows you to enjoy the above-mentioned benefits.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Beets contain naturally occurring nitrates that are converted by our bodies into nitric oxide. This has a direct effect on our blood pressure. Many studies have shown that our systolic blood pressure lowers by 4-5 points within a few hours of consuming a glass of beet juice. This is mainly because the nitric oxide dilates and relaxes our blood vessels facilitating better blood flow and in turn lowers the blood pressure.
Beets help in detoxification and in purifying our liver and blood. This is mainly because of the betalin pigments present in the beets. The phase 2 detoxification process in our bodies gets a boost from the betalin. During the phase 2 detoxification process, the toxins broken down in our bodies and other molecules are combined together in order to fulfill the purpose of excreting the toxins from our bodies.
4. Fights and Prevents Cancer
Many studies have shown that beets have the ability to fight off cancer. This anti-cancerous property is mainly attributed to the phytonutrients present in the beets, which are also responsible for their deep crimson color. Studies have shown that when consumed with drinking water in animal models, beet extracts have reduced the formation of multi-organ tumors. Numerous studies are now being conducted test the feasibility of beet extracts in treating prostate, breast, and pancreatic cancer in humans.
5. Stamina Boost
Studies have shown that those drinking beet juice before a workout were able to work out for 16% longer. This is again mainly because of the production of nitric oxides from nitrates, which reduces the requirement of oxygen during low-intensity exercises and tolerance enhancement during high-intensity exercises. So, next time you want a stamina boost you know where to get it from.
6. High on Nutrients and Fibers
Beets contain essential minerals such as manganese and potassium that are essential for proper functioning of the pancreas, kidneys, liver, bones, muscle and nerves. They are also high on B vitamin folate and immune boosting vitamin C. Beets are also a good source of fiber.
7. Prevents Premature Aging
Beets are high on antioxidants and play a vital role from the inside in protecting your skin. Unlike many external products that you use for beautiful skin, beets are all natural and do not have any negative side effects. They mainly work by combating or neutralizing free radicals and hence eliminating the damage caused by them to the skin. Beets also contain lycopene that helps in ensuring that the skin is elastic and protected from the sun.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get started on preparing your delicious beet juice. Here is a video to show you how: