10 Reasons Why You Should Add Beetroot to Your Diet

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Beetroot is known as a superfood due to its high nutritional value and excellent health benefits. Red beets add a beautiful vibrant crimson color in our dishes and also provide fantastic nutrition due to the beet’s tremendous source of Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Iron and Potassium, and Antioxidants.

Filled with minerals and nutrients, the beet can enhance our lives in numerous ways. Known to improve hair growth, create glowing and moisturizing skin, boost blood circulation and stamina, and increase platelet count in the body (and more), the beet offers extraordinary nutritional benefits.

Beetroot Nutrition

The beetroot has many health benefits and is a great source of numerous essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Some of the nutrients are listed below:

Vitamins in Beetroot- VitaminA, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, folate, riboflavin, and betaine.

Minerals in Beetroot- calcium, iron, potassium phosphorus, sodium, fluoride, Zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

Fats and Fatty Acids- saturated fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, and Polyunsaturated Fat.

Carbohydrates- Dietary fiber, starch, and sugars.

10 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Add Beetroot to Your Diet

1. Beets Improve Liver Function

Beetroot has detoxifying agents that help detox our bodies by removing toxins and improving the function of the liver. Betaine (an amino acid found in beets) encourages your hard-working liver to rid the body of toxins and protects the body against bile build-up to promote healthy digestion. Drinking beet juice promotes a clean and healthy liver!

2. Beets Prevent Signs Of Aging

Its amazing antioxidant properties reduce signs of aging. Free radicals in our bodies can cause damage at a cellular level, which results in symptoms of aging. Beetroot juice neutralizes the free radicals and helps to prevent wrinkles, dryness, fine lines, loose skin and other signs of aging (externally).  

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3. Beets Increase Hemoglobin Levels

According to Ayurvedic Expert, Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, beetroot is very useful for improving hemoglobin levels. The beet is highly abundant in iron that helps in repairing and reactivating red blood cells. Including beetroot into your diet will increase oxygen levels and improve blood circulation in the body. The beet also helps fight anemia, caused by low hemoglobin levels.

4. Beets Reduce Inflammation

Taking a glass of beetroot juice daily in the morning will not only help to reduce inflammation but also improve your immune system. Beetroot also protects against diseases like cancer, heart disease, along with redness, swelling and pain that may cause discomfort in the body. Do you exercise? The beet is a great assist post workout to reduce pain and inflammation.

5. Beets Improve Stamina

The Journal of Gerontology published a study conducted at Wake Forest University revealing that eating raw beetroot or drinking beet juice increases the oxygen uptake and strengthens your stamina during exercise and training. It is believed that beetroot juice is great for people with low endurance, cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.

6. Beets Lower Blood Pressure

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health examines the effects of beetroot on people with high blood pressure. Those who suffer from high blood pressure could benefit from daily consuming beetroot to naturally reduce blood pressure. Another study, featuring recently developed research published in the American Journal of Physiology, also indicates that dietary nitrates (a compound that dilates blood vessels to decrease blood pressure) found in beets may combat coronary heart disease.

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7. Beets Brighten Skin Tone

Regular consumption of beet juice promotes healthy skin. The beetroot may help reduce pigmentation and dark circles, and naturally brighten your skin because of its powerful detoxifiying properties. Besides eating beets or drinking beet juice, the wonderful root vegetable can also be used externally on your skin with a beet face mask. A little beet juice or powder packed with rose water and orange peel will brighten and tighten skin. 

8. Beets Help Control Diabetes

Although the beet does contain natural sugars, the beetroot helps control diabetes in the body. It stimulates the insulin production in the body, preventing oxidative stress-induced changes. Beetroot is also highly abundant in both betalain and neo-betanin which help lower glucose levels, which is important for diabetic patients. The beet helps combat both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, so it's a healthy choice for diabetic patients. 

9. Beets Purify the Blood

Beetroot also works as a blood purifier. Its vitamins and minerals help to purify the blood, fight cancer and other diseases. Its deep-red stain (betalain) aids cell and blood cleansing by detoxifying and improving liver function.

10. Beets Promote Healthy Hair

Beetroot promotes not only a healthy heart and liver but also improves hair health. Beetroot reduces dandruff and acts as a natural coloring agent. The beet may also prevent scalps from itchiness, hair loss, and thinning hair. Consuming beetroot helps your body maintain healthy hair, and you can directly apply beetroot water on hair. History shows that massaging water (cooled down) from boiled beets helps cure dandruff.

Beet Recipes to Try: Raw Beet, Apple, and Ginger Detox Smoothie / Beet Orange and Banana Smoothie / Roasted Beet Orange and Mint with Feta Salad / Beet Chocolate and Date Vegan Mousse / Beet Kraut with Ginger and Garlic / Beet Orange Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

About the Author

Maria Smith is a Content Marketing Professional at Townsville and Suburban Medical Practice. She has been a health writer for the last five years, but she also loves to write articles, blogs and content focused on beauty, fitness, and more. Maria likes to read novels, books and other health niche content to refine her writing skills.