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Superfood Beetroot - "beets" other veggies!

 

The history of ‘beets’

Known under the name of Beta vulgaris, this superfood is found in Europe, America north and Central. During its himble beginning, beetroot leaves were eaten in the Mediterranean and Middle East cuisine. The Romans were using the root for medicinal purpose, however, during the years this amazing vegetable became popular in the Central and East European cuisine.

Is this a super – root in disguise?

Nowadays, when we hear about superfoods, our mind is thinking of: spirulina, acai berry, wheatgrass, hence, we aren’t thinking of the beet as being a superfood as there is nothing exotic in its name. Well, don’t let it fool you even if you might view it as a boring veggie, actually it is a power root in disguise!

It has a broad spectrum of goodies: vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients, rich in carbs and plant proteins and almost free of fat. Saying that, it has a low caloric value, with a low GI. Isn’t that amazing?

Let’s have a look into the beet goodies in detail:

 

1. Antioxidants

The rich colour of the beet (either deep purple or bright yellow) determines the high level of antioxidants , flavonoids, carotenoids found in this mazing veggie. Going more into detail, when it comes to the rich colour of the beet, the well - known red beet contain betanin ( which is an antioxidant and phyto-chemical). However, all beets contain the antioxidant betalain. This is a red and yellow pigment which is found in plants.

 

2. Vitamins and minerals

 

As reminded above, beetroot contain a large spectrum of vitamins and minerals. All of this contributes to beetroot being superfood.

Continuing the list of powerful antioxidants but also in terms of vitamins and minerals, beetroot contain high levels of Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Zinc, calcium, silica, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus.

 

3. Dietary fibre

 

Eating fibre is essential for a healthy digestion. Also, it supports stable blood sugar levels and it is an amazing natural detox and cleanse in the body.

Only 100g of Beetroot it said contain 10% of your recommended daily allowance. It contains both soluble and insolublefibre.

 

4. Dietary nitrate

 

Nitrate is a nutrient is essential for exercise performance, it is efficient in blood flow and oxygen usage. According to a new research, it is believed that beetroot has the capacity to absorb and store high levels of nitrate.

The media was focused on a study conducted by Exeter University, UK where it was discovered that cyclists who drank a half – litre of beetroot juice few hours before the workout, they were able to ride up to 20% longer in comparison to those who drank a placebo juice, like blackcurrant.

Once the study was published, beetroot (either the root or supplements) started to be of athletes interest.

 

5. Good Support for your health and vitality

 

It is believed that this unique combination of these nutrients may offer support for health and vitality. Here are some health benefits:

- a healthy heart

- healthy cholesterol levels

- detoxification and cleansing

- supporting liver function

- musculo-skeletal health

- healthy skin, hair and nails

- stable blood sugar levels

- healthy digestion

- a strong immune system

- healthy homocysteine levels

- normal tissue growth

- stamina and energy levels

- stable moods

Nutritional breakdown of beetroot

One cup of raw beetroot contain:

- 58 calories

- 13 g of carbohydrate

- 9 g of sugar

- 4 g of fiber

- 2 g protein

- 1% of daily Vitamin A

- 2% of Calcium

- 11% of Vitamin C

- 6% of Iron

This is the reason you should include this superfood in your daily diet. Also, try to include other veggies who are part of the same family: chard and spinach.

You can eat the leaves and roots of the beetroot and your body will feel amazing improvements.

Example of supplements that contain beet: OxyPlus Col-Clear, TNT Col-Clean, Liv & Gall ClearPLUS, Intense COL-Clean and many more.