Originally, beet was refined around 2000 BC in the Mediterranean area and this makes it a great fit for a heart-healthy diet. Instead of cooked and consumed as food, the root was used for medical treatment for painful illnesses such as a headache or tooth pain.
Now, the whole beet is edible, starting from the root and all the way up to the leaves.
Beets are very beneficial vegetables that offer countless medicinal properties and are of great help in the treatment of various diseases and ailments. Their red color is due to the anthocyanins, which also provide potent anti-cancer properties.
Also, according to several studies, beets came up as a great tool for the detoxication process of the body. It all comes from the betalin compound of beets which makes them red as they are today. With the help of the betalin compound, the toxins can be eliminated from the system through the urine.
Beets are also rich in betaine, which is a strong natural anti-inflammatory agent that improves the function of the heart. These veggies are abundant in minerals and vitamins too, such as magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, copper, and phosphorus.
Additionally, beets are a rich source of pectin, cellulose, and antioxidants, so they improve digestion and prevent digestive issues. They support the healthy function of the liver, lower cholesterol levels, boost blood flow, fight anemia, and cleanse the body of toxins.
Moreover, they protect the blood vessels, prevent fatty liver disease, and slow down aging. This list simply does not end!
Various ways to prepare beets and consume them
- Raw beets combined with lemon
- Pickled beets (they are perfect when mixed with vinegar)
- As a salad (you can make a salad with horseradish cream and onions or with barley and feta in a grain salad)
- Prepare them with goat cheese and hazelnuts
- Last but not least, beets for dessert (you can make a beet and cocoa cake)
Beets can also help you boost the performance, stamina, and endurance during a workout. To reap all the benefits of beets, you can juice them, consume them raw, cook, or bake them.
The Beetroot juice is very rich in antioxidants and nitrates (compounds that can recover the blood flow through the whole system.) This helps with the blood flow to the brain, heart, and muscles. This will surely improve your immunity and overall health.
Their leaves are also high in potassium, (644 mg. per ½ a cup), and it has been found to lower the risk of strokes and heart diseases by 21%. So, its time you add beets to your daily menu and enjoy their taste and benefits!