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Beetroots: Nutrition and health benefits

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Beetroots also known as beets have become popular for its status as a supper food. But did you know that these vegetables which belong to the Chenopodiaceous family were first cultivated by the ancient romans and had increase in commercial value by the 19th century? Beetroot is often added to meals such as soups, salads, pickles and in recent times in smoothies or juices they are also valuable as sugar as it is often used to make refined sugar. Recent studies show that this purple supper food is not only good as an addition to meal but also increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure, protects the heart, bone, body and improves sexual libido.

Nutritional Facts.

Beetroots (specially the greens) are highly nutritious. It is a high source of vitamins A, and C, calcium and iron. They are also rich in fiber potassium magnesium and folic acid. Every part of the beets is important and offers an array of nutrients that are highly beneficial to the humans general well-being.

A 100g of beets gives you:
43 calories 2g protein 0g fat 10 carbohydrate 3g fiber

Read on to find out more on the benefits of beetroots.

  1. Anti-Cancer Properties

Researchers have identified the powerful phytonutrients which gives the beets their unique color as what helps fight off cancer. The beetroot extracts which was administered to different animal models showed to reduce the formation of tumors. Beets extracts is also being tested in the treatment of cancers such as breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers in human.

  1. Prevents Hair Loss

Another benefit of beetroot is that it prevents hair loss. Potassium deficiency is said to be the major cause of hair loss, a good dose of this nutrient promotes hair growth. Beetroots is known to contain a good source of potassium which when consumed promotes healthy hair.

  1. Prevent Dementia

According to research carried out in the University of Exeter, UK, beetroot due to its nitrate content increases blood flow to the brain which in turn allows for proper brain function and prevention of dementia.

  1. Reduces Birth Defects

Beets are a good source of Vitamin B folate which is important for women in pregnancy; it helps in the development of infants spinal column. A condition called the neural tube effect is likely to from deficiency of folate.

  1. Aphrodisiac

Beets contain high levels of mineral baron, which has been proven to increase the production of sexual hormones. An increase in these hormones could lead to an increase in your sexual drive, sperm mobility improvement as well as well as increase in fertility. Adding beetroots to your diet might just be what you need to spice up your sex life.

Other benefits of beetroots are as follows

  • Muscular degeneration
  • Strokes
  • Cataracts
  • Respiratory problem
  • Controls diabetes
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves liver function
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Moisturizes dry skin
  • Reduces blemishes and pigmentation

 

 

 

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