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Superfood Beetroot For Super Heart Liver & Bowel Health

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Beetroot A Medicinal Food

Super-charged with powerful nutrients and a distinctly sweet and earthy flavour, beetroot deserves to be in your culinary repertoire. Beets are a well-known source of folic acid, potassium, magnesium, iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, they boost stamina and just three baby beetroot = one of your 5 a day! Here are the reasons that make beetroot a medicinal food :

Betaine and homocysteine

One of beetroot’s many active compounds is betaine, also termed trimethylglycine(TMG). Betaine plays a role in the breakdown of homocysteine in our body, a substance that is natural but can be harmful if allowed to build up to high levels.

– Raised levels of homocysteine are linked to heart disease, thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls (arteriosclerosis), compromised fertility, osteoporosis, hormonal imbalances, mood disorders, pain and inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, type II diabetes and more.
– Raised homocysteine is an indication that a process called ‘methylation’, which keeps all the natural chemicals in our body in balance, is not working well.
– Betaine and other nutrients – especially B vitamins – are needed for healthy methylation and to keep homocysteine levels in control.

Research is making us more aware of the importance of controlling homocysteine levels. (Tests are available to check levels.)

Beetroot and the Liver

Beetroot also works to support liver detoxification and bile production for the digestion of dietary fats. Substances called betacyanins in beetroot (including betalains, which give beetroot its beautiful purple-red colour) have been found to support the second phase of liver detoxification. During this second phase, wastes that have actually been made more reactive and harmful during the first phase of detoxification are attached to substances that allow them to be excreted safely from the body. To be in optimal health and protect our body from excessive free radical damage, we need this second phase to work really efficiently.

Research has also shown that betacyanins help to produce bile, a substance that is made by our liver, stored in our gallbladder and then released into our digestive tract when we eat. As well as helping the liver to get rid of waste products, bile acts in the small intestine to break down fats in our food, supporting the digestive process and our absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin A.

Beetroot and the Bowel

Some call it ‘God’s Gift to the Colon’ as it contains a form of soluble fibre that makes the stool soft and easy to pass. Remember to leave the peel on of course.

Antioxidant support

Beetroot has been found to increase levels of a crucial amino acid called glutathione in the body. Glutathione is one of our body’s most important antioxidants, and also has many other roles including supporting detoxification and participating in DNA synthesis and repair. In addition, the betacyanins in beetroot also work directly as free radical scavengers, protecting our cells.

Nitrates for healthy blood pressure

The naturally occurring nitrates found in beetroot (root and leaves) helps to make another vital substance in the body called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide supports normal dilation of blood vessels and flexibility of the arteries – helping to maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure.

Recent research has also examined the role of nitric oxide in reducing oxidation of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. If LDL cholesterol is allowed to oxidise, it is more likely to cause inflammation and damage to the lining of our blood vessels, potentially leading to build-up of plaques and hardening of the arteries. Beetroot may help to prevent this happening.

A rich source of Vitamins and Minerals

Beetroot is a source of iron (for formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin), potassium (for normal muscle function), magnesium (for the health of your nervous system and supporting energy production) and vitamin C (for your immune system). It also contains folate which, like betaine, is important for methylation and maintaining healthy homocysteine levels as I said before.

 

Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

Emma Olliff
Star Expert

Emma is a qualified Nutritional Therapist (DipNT CNM) and is registered with BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy) and CMA (Complimentary Medical Association). She is passionate about helping her clients achieve optimum health through diet and lifestyle.

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AnuragSood
AnuragSood 5pts

Please elaborate on daily dose of beetroot to get all its benefits

sahel
sahel 5pts

i wash and cut a beetroot in half.peel it and then grate finely .add one cup water stir well strain and drink half one morning and the other half next morning.Repeat but don't drink it every day..

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Sheltal Bibot Thanks! :)

Dee Giloy
Dee Giloy 5pts

Then you should get this..... LoL \U0001f602

Jackie Wright
Jackie Wright 5pts

You can also give it a touch of apple juice although I buy mine ready mixed

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Chandanee Sembhoo Thanks for sharing!! :)

Rekha Aggarwal
Rekha Aggarwal 5pts

Its colour n purities r soooo gud...lyk it specially fr growing height.....

Jezz Baker
Jezz Baker 5pts

I don't know if she likes beetroot

Lulu Emsley
Lulu Emsley 5pts

Jezz Baker dose she like this your mum? X

Liz Rajoo
Liz Rajoo 5pts

But doctors advise diabetics from consuming it.

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

When I was ill my platelet count was too low.doctors asked me to get admitted.instead I took beetroot 3 times a day for 7 days.Relief!.platelet count increased after 5 days

Jackie Wright
Jackie Wright 5pts

Never go without a glass of beetroot juice !

La Bahamas
La Bahamas 5pts

I don't line eating them but I do like them juiced

La Bahamas
La Bahamas 5pts

For sure. Great for colon health as well

La Bahamas
La Bahamas 5pts

Larry Winninham - Daddy rear this article. I've been saying this is so beneficial to our health.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann 5pts

My sister and I love beets!! Desirée Cooley

Sonja Sanders Neperud
Sonja Sanders Neperud 5pts

My mother makes the BEST pickled beets! I must be getting old, because I now appreciat pickled beets.... good ones fro less than good ones. You Rock MOm. good job.

Ana Canessa
Ana Canessa 5pts

I replace tomatoes with beets since I found out I have gastritis and love it!

Roxy Thicke
Roxy Thicke 5pts

Christopher Teddybear Martin read this

Senie Spivey-Tyree
Senie Spivey-Tyree 5pts

I am not a beet lover at all. I tried juicing some beets and was shocked at the delicious sweet flavor.

Rose Tomlin
Rose Tomlin 5pts

Love this it's the best ever yummiest.

Julie Alexander
Julie Alexander 5pts

Now i was a weird kid. I love beets they taste good to me. They taste like dirt to most others. But i just love them.

Sadashiv Bhuma
Sadashiv Bhuma 5pts

who evear sugar pacents please dont teak this,it has hevi sugar cantent in it