Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Beetroots

Beetroots, commonly known for their health and athletic performance benefits, have gained popularity among the health and fitness communities. Beets are often called superfoods due to their countless beneficial properties. Beets are low in calories and fat, and are a great source of energy. They are a rich source of vitamins A, B, and the immune-boosting vitamin C, magnesium, iron, manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas), fiber, phosphorus, potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function), zinc, beta-carotene and bety-cyanine, among other nutrients and minerals.

1. Athletic performance
Some studies have shown that consuming beetroot before exercising aids lengthening the workout's duration for up to 16 percent. The benefit is thought to be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise. Moreover, zinc plays a primary role in the release of testosterone and growth hormone, improving muscle recovery and build lean muscle.

2. Detoxification  
The betalin pigments in beets are known for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver, also helping to speed up hangover recovery.

3. Diabetes 
Although its high levels of sugar, beets contain alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant which has been shown to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity. 

4. Digestion and regularity 
Beets are high in fiber, therefore excellent for preventing constipation and promoting regularity for a healthy digestive tract. 

5. Heart health blood pressure
Some studies found that beetroot helps lower blood pressure due to its high nitrate levels. Such nitrates are converted into nitric oxide in your body, which help to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

6. Inflammation 
Beetroot also contains choline, a nutrient that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Moreover, it aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, and enhance performance.

7. Lower cholesterol
Beetroot contains soluble fiber, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being deposited in the arteries. In addition, betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its beautiful color, is an antioxidant: antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol,

8. Mental health 
Researchers at Wake Forest University have found that beetroot can improve oxygenation to the brain, slowing the progression of dementia in older adults. Moreover, beets contain betainesubstance used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.  

9. Pregnancy 
Beets are particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial for the healthy development of the baby during pregnancy. Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. Moreover, it contains folic acid, which is crucial to the development of the baby's spinal cord.

10. Reduce risk of osteoporosis

Beetroot contains the mineral silica, which aids the body to absorb calcium, important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

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Include beetroot in your diet with this simple and delicious Beetroot Smoothie.

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