Why beetroot is a vegetable you should really include in your diet.
The term ‘superfood’ is given to a lot of different foods, but the health benefits of beetroots really cant be ignored.
This root vegetable is unique due to the presence of betalains, which are a group of phyotonutrients that give beets their deep purple color – these are only present in a few fruits and vegetables.
Betalains are so important for health, they have powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidizing and detoxifying agents which cannot be taken from any other vegetable.
They have been used throughout history to treat blood disorders and to help with iron deficiency, in fact the beetroot is second only to garlic in terms of iron content.
The mineral content of beetroot is staggering, too. They include:
- potassium and folate which strengthen the heart
- magnesium, essential for strong bones
- iron and phosphorus which boost energy levels
- copper, which fights free radicals
- iodine which is helpful to the thyroid and hormones
Anyone looking to lose weight should include beetroot in their diet, and this root veg is very low in calories and fills you up leaving you less likely to snack on unhealthy foods.
It is really high in fiber and is great for aiding digestion, which also helps to burn calories.
Beets also have an amazing vitamin content, including B complex vitamins which are great for heart health, and vitamin B12 which is essential for the production of red blood cells.
They also contain betacyanins which have been shown to help inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Beetroot has also been linked to helping prevent dementia, due to their high presence of nitrates.
These help the body by expanding the blood vessels to allow for proper blood flow, while decreased blood flow to the brain has been shown to be a factor in dementia development.