They lower your blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health! Beets contain nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, helps to dilate the blood vessels, improving overall blood flow.
Reduce inflammation and chronic pain! They are also rich in betaine. Betaine helps fight inflammation, and lowers blood levels of homocysteine, which in high levels increases your risk for artery damage and heart disease.
Improve your brain function and prevent Alzheimer’s disease! By increasing the blood flow to the frontal lobe, the region involved with executive functioning skills like focus, organization, and attention to detail.
They are immune boosters! Due to their high content of vitamin C, potassium (also essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is also good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which reduces the risk of birth defects.
One cup of beets delivers about 4 grams of dietary fiber, which helps to reduce the risk of constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis.
Enhance your performance and stamina! Beets help the prevention of osteoporosis supporting bone strength and the detox mechanisms of your own body.
Help prevent Cancer! The betacyanin, the pigment that gives beets its pretty purple hue has been used against common carcinogens.
Some words of caution: Don’t be alarmed if you see pink-colored urine or stools 24 to 72 hours following a meal heavy in beets. Be mindful about their high sugar content and eat in moderation if you have a kidney problem. The beet greens have high amounts of vitamin K, use with caution if you are taking blood thinners.
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Dr. Maria Manzanares, MD