1. Immune Booster
Beetroot is very rich in several vitamins and nutrients which have been shown to boost the body’s immune system and fight infection more effectively. It does this by reoxygenation of cells and forming new blood cells.
Beetroot contains Betalain (which is the source of its red color). This betalain is high in antioxidants that protect the cells of the body from the damaging effects of free radicals that could lead to heart disease and other adverse health conditions like cancer. Another benefit of Beetroot is, it’s also a good source of folic acid, vitamins A, B-1, B-2 and C, calcium, potassium and iron. Beet juice is known to have a detoxifying effect on the kidney as well as the gall bladder.
3. Reduces Blood Pressure
It has been shown that beetroot can help in reduction of blood pressure with its attendant risks of heart attacks and strokes. This is because beetroot is very rich in nitrates. This nitrates forms nitric oxide in the blood which helps to expand the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. A 250ml beetroot juice or about 2 cooked beetroot taken once a day can greatly reduce the blood pressure and reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes.
4. Reduces Cholesterol
It contains very soluble fibre which is said to lower cholesterol level. Its carotenoid and flavonoids content help to prevent the oxidation and deposition of LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the arteries.
5. Folic acid
Beetroot contains folic acid which is very beneficial for normal growth of tissue. Folic acid is essential in the development of the spinal cord in a baby during the first trimester and thus can prevent spinal bifida and other spinal cord defects.
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