Beets are a very popular food in Eastern Europe. In countries like Russia and Ukraine, they are either pickled, made into borscht, soup and a variety of other beet-based recipes. However, the beet has not become nearly as popular in North America as one would expect.
Maybe it’s the vibrant, reddish-purple color that puts people off, or possibly their unique, earthy taste. Whatever the reason is, Americans are missing out on the amazing health benefits of this wonderful root vegetable.
Health Benefits of Beets
Beets can provide us with a variety of health benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory to anti-cancerous. But first, lets get into the basic health benefits of beets.
For starters, they are a rich source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron and magnesium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, making them a great food for weight loss.
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Aside from being an overall nutritious food, they also have a direct ability to enhance our body’s detoxing process. This is due to the way that they support liver health. Some of the nutrients found in beets, such as iron, calcium, B vitamins and antioxidants, all aid the liver’s filtration process.
Beets improve liver health by thinning the bile that travels through it, allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and into the large intestine. This ensures that a build up of the bile, along with the toxins being filtered out of it, does not occur so that the liver remains in optimal health. One study even found that beets helped individuals heal from liver disease, further promoting its detoxing abilities.
Beet’s anti-cancer properties come from the fact that it contains betalain, which are pigments that give the beet its unique color. Researchers found that these pigments contain both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, making it a promising treatment for cancer.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help as inflammation is often found to help cause the onset of cancer as well as a variety of other degenerative diseases including arthritis, liver disease and heart disease.
One animal study conducted on rats found that rats who were treated with beet root showed a significant reduction in the size of malignant tumors on their body. The anti-cancer effect of beets has been observed in lung, skin and liver cancer in animals and prostate, skin, breast and pancreatic cancer in humans.
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