The USDA National Nutrient Database shows that beetroots have an impressive nutritional profile full of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of beetroot's benefits are a result of its high content of potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin C.
This root vegetable is also rich in nitrates and betalains, and is low in complex sugars and fats. Because of the numerous benefits they provide, beets have been used as a natural medicine since Roman times.
Let’s talk about some of the top reasons to add beetroot to your lifestyle.
1. May reduce blood pressure and improve heart health*
Research suggests (1) beets have anti-hypertensive properties that may keep your heart healthy in the long run. Beets are also known to contain organic nitrates, which the body converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide production is essential for overall health because it improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure.*
2. May reduce inflammation*
Betalain, the phytochemical agent in beetroot, has major antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Experts say that it inhibits the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme, which has inflammatory action. Ongoing inflammation is often connected to long-standing conditions like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer's*.
3. May prevent anemia*
Red blood cells need iron and folic acid to function normally. Deficiency of iron can lead to Anemia, a condition where red blood cells cannot carry adequate oxygen to your body’s cells. The deficiency of folic acid in the blood is also shown to cause anemia. Beetroot’s high level of iron and folates can support your body’s need for these essential nutrients.*
4. May improve athletic performance*
Athletes, especially cyclists, use beetroot to improve their performance. Research suggests (2) the nitrates in beetroot can support physical performance by increasing blood flow and increasing how much oxygen muscles absorb.* It is recommended to consume beetroot two to three hours before training. Many athletes like having a pre-workout beetroot shot!
5. May improve digestion*
Beets have a significant amount of fiber content that can help with digestion while improving bowel movements.* Beetroots are also a rich source of glutamine, an amino acid that is essential for maintaining gut health.
6. May benefit the liver*
Beetroot contains antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin B-6. These nutrients are believed to protect the liver from oxidative stress, free radicals and inflammation. Beetroot is also reported to activate liver enzymes and help the liver’s detox function.*
Want to add more beetroot to your lifestyle? You can incorporate the amazing goodness of beetroot by adding organic Fortified Beetroot Powder to your shakes and culinary dishes.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.