Can't Beat the Beet
10 Benefits of Beetroot
January 29, 2014
By Raine Dinale
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The amazing properties present in beetroot were never evident to me as a child growing up. It was a food that was always present, particularly in summer, but I can honestly say I never gave a thought to it being a beneficial food to have in my diet.

So it is with absolute wonder that I have now discovered the many fantastic health properties and uses these beautifully coloured, earth flavoured root vegetables contain.

Just remember when reaching for the beetroot to go for the fresh vegetable, organic if possible, rather than canned beetroot, which are high in salt. Fresh beetroot also has twice the amount of phosphorus, potassium and folate as canned beetroot.

1. Beetroot is an Aphrodisiac

Known as an aphrodisiac and commonly used by the Romans for general and sexual health, beetroot is known as 'Nature's Viagra'. Beets are plentiful in nitrates which assist in releasing nitric oxide into the body, resulting in a widening of the blood vessels and an increase in blood flow to the genitals. Beetroot also contains a chemical compound called boron and this plays an important part in the production of the human sex hormone.

2. Beetroot is beneficial during Pregnancy

Pregnant women can benefit from the inclusion of beetroot in their diet. It is abundant in folic acid, an important component for the formation of the unborn child's spinal cord and that helps protect the child from being born with the condition Spina Bifida.

3. Beetroot helps regulate High Blood Pressure

The nitrates present in beetroot can also help reduce blood pressure. The British Heart Foundation supports eating vegetables rich in nitrates to reduce blood pressure. Recent research conducted at the Queen Mary's University in 2010 studied the relationship between beetroot and blood pressure reduction and found that consuming approximately 500 grams of beetroot every day reduces a person's blood pressure in about 6 hours.

4. Beetroot is great for Bones and Teeth

The mineral silica is an important component that helps the body to use calcium efficiently. Beetroot is packed with silica, so a glass of beetroot juice daily will aid bones and teeth, and help prevent brittle bone and Osteoporosis disease.

5. Beetroot is beneficial for Anaemia and Iron Deficiency

Beetroot is rich in iron, which makes it beneficial in the treatment of Anaemia, in that iron helps in the formation of Haemagglutnin, the part of the blood that assists in transporting oxygen and nutrients to different parts of the body

6. Beetroot can help people with Cancer

Beetroot has Betacyanin and, according to a study conducted at the Howard University in Washington DC, Betacyanin assists in slowing down the growth of tumours by 12.5% in breast and prostate cancer patients.

7. Beetroot can help with Diabetes

Beetroot contains sugars, is low in calories, is fat free and has a medium Glycaemic index, releasing sugars very slowly into the blood. It is perfect for the fulfilment of sweet cravings in diabetics.

8. Beetroot is good for Fatigue

The nitrate content in beetroot, as well as its rich source of iron, is believed to give people an energy boost.

9. Beetroot can help with Constipation

Beetroot is high in soluble fibre and acts as a great laxative by cleansing the colon and stomach, assisting in regular bowel movements.

10. Beetroot is full of Vitamins, Antioxidants and Minerals

Known as a 'super food', beetroot contains the following components for better health:
  • Minerals – calcium, iron, copper, potassium, silica, sulphur and chlorine
  • Nitrates – Beet juice particularly
  • Amino Acids – Trace amounts of D amino acids and alpha amino acids
  • Antioxidants – flavonoids, carotenoids
  • Vitamins – A, C and K are found in the nutrient dense green leaves (which can be used like spinach).
  • Folic acid and Manganese
The humble beetroot is also beneficial for your hair and skin, so who wouldn't include this amazing 'super food' in their daily health routine?

Raine Dinale has worked as a published freelance writer for more than 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. She established copywriting company woRDspin, and presently acts as Editor/Senior Writer for a new magazine called 'Secrets to Health on the Mornington Peninsula'. Raine is also a working actor who has recently settled in Mornington. She has three beautiful daughters and a Spoodle named Harry. You can contact Raine through her Facebook page or LinkedIn.
"Beetroot is full of minerals, amino acids, nitrates, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and K, folic acid and manganese."