Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) Health Benefits

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Beetroot Health Benefits

Beetroot is high in dietary nitrate which may confer beneficial health effects via reduction of inflammatory nitrite and nitric oxide, a molecule that plays a key role in the regulation of vascular health, immune function, and metabolism.

Both the juice and food are also rich in betalain compounds which are categorized as betacyanins. These are responsible for the red/violet color of red Beetroot. Betalains are water-soluble phytochemicals that have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and chemopreventive activities.

Beet has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years to treat a variety of diseases such as constipation, decreased libido, gut and joint pain, and dandruff. (7)

Liver Protection

Extract of Beetroots given orally has exhibited significant dose-dependent Liver protective activity. (1)

A recent study has shown that Beetroot juice protects against chemically induced Liver injury and increases the activity of phase II detox enzymes. Results indicate that Beetroot through the activation of genes may exert its Liver protective and anti-carcinogenic effects. (2)

Blood Pressure

Beetroot is currently purported as a health-promoting food that might be useful for reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases hypertension and stroke and the immune disorder inflammatory bowel disease. (5)

According to the results of one study, the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein and tumor necrosis factor alpha were significantly lower, total antioxidant capacity was increased and non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and total cholesterol were all decreased. Although both raw and cooked forms of Beetroot were effective in lowering blood pressure, blood vessel function and systemic inflammation, the raw Beetroot juice had greater antihypertensive effects. (3)

Antioxidant

Results of one study suggest a new nutritional strategy to give high contents of bio-accessible nutrients (nitrate, antioxidants, and potassium) that are potentially relevant to improve cardiovascular health and exercise performance. (4)

Anti-Cancer

Studies that focused on anticancer activities of Beetroot extract in animal models have unraveled their potential benefits as chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agents. Studies by Dr. Sandor (Alexander) Ferenczi (Nobel Prize winner) has pioneered of the use of Beetroot juice as a cancer therapy in the nineteenth century and studied its strong anti-tumor effect as it contains a tumor inhibiting substance that he attributes to its natural red coloring agent, namely betaine. (6)

Conclusion

You simply can’t beat Beetroot when it comes to color and so it seems, the Liver, blood, and heart benefit equally. Use Beetroot liberally during your detox diet for this very reason. Not only that but it satisfies a healthy appetite when semi-fasting.

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