Beetroot is usually colored a deep purple-red, but other variations of beets are colored white, yellow, or a combination of these.
As its name implies, it is the root part of the main plant, the beet. The plant itself has dark green leaves, which can also be consumed. Ideally, when planted, the beetroot is allowed to grow for 50 to 60 days, at which point it should weight around 100 to 150 grams. However, if it isn’t harvested, the beetroot will continue to grow. It can grow up to a pound, but it will become less tasty and appetizing due to the excess of fiber it develops.
The beetroot first gained popularity in Ancient Rome, where it was used to treat various conditions, such as constipation and fever. The Romans found that its benefits did not end there however, as they also used as an aphrodisiac. Why am I not surprised?
Beetroots are related to other root crops such as turnips and sugar beets but, especially in terms of nutritional value, are quite different. The taste of beet root is simple: subtly sweet and earthy, and is easy to chew due to its tenderness.
In scientific circles, beetroots are known as beta vulgaris conditiva. It can also be referred to according to its color: red beet (for the purple-red varieties) or golden beet (for the white and yellow varieties).
In the United States and Canada beetroots are often referred to as table beets or garden beets.
The benefits of consuming beetroot juice:
- Increased blood flow
- Regularizes digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract
- Lowers blood pressure
- Full of antioxidants, nutrients and minerals
Hypertensive people will stand to benefit a lot from the beetroot. The juice of the beetroot has been shown to lower blood pressure due to its nitrate levels.
Aging people at the risk of dementia can slow its progression by consuming beetroot juice.
The amount of nitrates in beetroot juice opens up blood vessels, thus enabling blood to flow better through the process of increased nitric oxide. The increased blood flow brings more oxygen to the brain, thus slowing down the onset of dementia in older people. Men are increasingly enjoying the benefits of beetroot juice and powder extracts in counteracting erectile dysfunction due to lack of blood flow to the penis.
These same beneficial nitrates also lower blood pressure, opening the possibility of it helping fight heart disease.
One of the antioxidant constituents in beets are Betalains, which come from the coloring pigment. In studies, even at very small concentrations Betalains were found to inhibit fat peroxidation and heme decomposition. As the study concludes “Red beet products used regularly in the diet may provide protection against certain oxidative stress-related disorders in humans.”
Also contained in beetroot are phenols, a chemical compound which are also found in wine and proven to have many and varied health benefits. Phenolic acid is another important antioxidant which protects cells from free-radical oxidation. Phenols are also antimicrobial and are absorbed through the walls of the intestines. Beets are full of these wonderful, all-natural healing substances.
The taste of raw beetroot may not be so pleasant at first, but its health benefits definitely have a lot going for it. I personally love the taste of beets and beet juice and many others do too. Anything that brightly colored must be good for you, right?
Instead of resorting to multiple chemicals and pharmaceutical medications, one can simply consume beetroot juice and gain the unique health benefits of beets!
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