The plant beets also known as beetroots, has several other names such as; sugar beet, garden beet, red beet, etc. its roots and leaves are edible. Besides being food, it is used for food colouring and also very medicinal.this plant has been been used hundreds of years ago to treat health conditions, especially the ones that had to do with digestion. It could be consumed raw, boiled or roasted.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Beetroot juice has been found to reduce blood pressure, it was found that those who beetroot juice daily, have lowered their systolic and diastolic blood pressure. nitrates , which is found in this juice, converts to nitric acid in the blood helping to relax the blood vessels.
Improves Our Exercise Stamina
There is increased plasma nitrate levels in our system and also a boost in our physical performance. Athletes who drank beetroot juice daily had enhanced exercise stamina by a couple of seconds.
Helps You Maintain a Healthy Weight
With reduced calories and no fat, beetroot juice is a great source of nutrients and energy to kickoff your day. I recommend you make smoothies out of it to go with your breakfast.
May Prevent Cancer
Beets get their rich colour from betalains. These nutrients are water-soluble antioxidants. According to a 2014 study, betalains have chemo-preventive abilities against some cancer cell lines. Betalains are thought to be free radical scavengers that help find and destroy unstable cells in the body.
Good Source of Potassium
With potassium in the body, our nerves and muscles function in a proper way. We tend to get very weak, with muscle cramps if we lack potassium in our body. Our hearts could fail from lack of potassium. Beetroots are a great source of potassium. They are one of the vegetables with the highest deposit of potassium.
Great Supplier of Vitamin C
Another great source of vitamin C. vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and protects cells from damaging free radicals. It also supports collagen production, wound healing and iron absorption.
Add beetroot juice to your diet to reduce to reduce your cholesterol, it also reduces oxidative stress on the liver.
Other beetroot benefits include; it improves muscle power in people with heart failure.
One major side effect of beetroot juice is that it may turn your urine and stool pinkish, this condition is call beeturia and its completely harmless.
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