Serve more beetroots on your table – raw, roasted, steamed, pickled, grated or juiced. Beetroot is rich with iron and naturally occurring folic acid (for pregnant moms). It holds in it nitrates, betaine (betaine gives it red color), magnesium and other antioxidants. They are also loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. Research says that beets can boost energy, help lose weight, fight cancer, reduce pain and enhance immunity. Though its high on glycaemic index, it contains no fat, very few calories and is a great source of fiber. Let’s explore some less known good facts about ‘Humble Beets’.
Beets have aphrodisiac power
Beets are high in Boron, which is directly involved in the production of human sex hormones. Also beets due to its high nitrate content, can increase blood flow. Should be noted that drugs like Viagra and other similar products too act by increasing blood flow to the genital areas.
Gives Athletes Competitive Edge
Beetroot juice is the most popular health supplement among athletes. Study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism suggests that drinking beetroot juice can enhance stamina, strength, and endurance. The whole credit goes to nitrates present in beets. Body converts these nitrates to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide widens, relaxes, and dilates blood vessels. This allow more blood and oxygen to reach muscles.
Detoxify Liver with Beets
The main function of liver is to remove toxins. Hence it is of utmost importance to cleanse this organ of all these toxins at regular intervals. Beets improve liver function mainly by thinning the bile and allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and from there into the small intestine.
Natural product to lower blood pressure
Research says drinking a glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure. The study showed that within hours of drinking it, beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points among a small group of healthy men. Beet root is rich in potassium and magnesium and also have high content of nitrates – together they work to reduce blood pressure.
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