12 mind blowing things that happen inside your body when you eat beets

Article republished with permission from LivingTraditionally.com.

Beets are unique healing vegetables.  Their nutritional value is kept both raw and cooked. In ancient times, Hippocrates viewed beets as a medicinal plant. Throughout centuries beets were used to treat many diseases. Beets have been used in the treatment of blood disorders such as iron deficiency – anemia.

Beets contain a lot of iron, of all plant products iron content of the beets is the second to garlic. And the iodine content of the beets is the second to Kale. Beets not only provide your body with important nutrients and stimulate your metabolism but also saturate the body with powerful antioxidants that are prevalent in red beets.2

12 Reasons Why You Should Include Beets In Your Diet

  1. Beets contain polyphenols and betalains11 which reverse the effect of free radical damage and oxidative stress in people.7
  2. Beets contain various vitamins: B complex vitamins, PP which strengthen capillary walls.5
  3. Beets contain a lot of minerals – potassium and folate, which aid in healthy heart; magnesium, which aids in bone health6; iron and phosphorus which produce energy;  copper, which destroys free radicals; iodine which is involved in the biosynthesis of thyroid hormones, and magnesium.5
  4. Beets contain cobalt which promotes the formation of vitamin B12 (which is synthesized by intestinal microflora. Without this vitamin and folic acid, the formation of red blood cells would be impossible.8
  5. Beets rejuvenate our bodies due to folic acid, which contributes to the creation of new cells.9
  6. Beets remove toxins from our bodies due to betalain pigments.10
  7. Beets contain betacyanins, which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.10
  8. Beets improve digestion due to the dietary fiber.5
  9. Beets stimulate metabolism.4
  10. Beets help digest Vitamin D in our bodies.11
  11. Beets help prevent dementia due to the high concentration of nitrates which transformed in the mouth into nitrites. Researched have shown that nitrites open up the blood vessels in the body which increase blood flow and helps oxygen to get to oxygen lacking areas.4
  12. Beets contain pectin which is in greater numbers than in carrots or apples. Pectin deals with excretion of radioactive and heavy metals from the body. Also, pectin also inhibits the spread of harmful intestinal bacteria and prevents the development of a whole range of diseases.12

As you can see beets possess a plethora of medicinal and healing properties which also include lowering the amount of cholesterol3, blood pressure1, strengthening capillary vessels, providing anti-sclerotic effect and improving brain and liver function, and help improve fat metabolism.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23231777
  2. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/3/539.long
  3. http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/v62/n3/abs/1602725a.html
  4. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/12/4135.short
  5. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2352/2
  6. http://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/vitamins/beta-carotene/
  7. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1011684619614?LI=true
  8. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1017-folic%20acid.aspx?activeingredientid=1017&
  9. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924224403001638
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10788778
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9322190
  12. http://www.promedics.ca/site/downloads/Eliaz%20MCP%20Urinary%20Excretion%20Heval%20Metals%20Phytoth-Res-2006.pdf
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