Published:  12:50 AM, 20 September 2017

Things you need to know about beet

Things you need to know about beet

Beet, amazing vegetable of bright red color, is coming to the scene as the new super food due to its amazing health benefits. You can eat it fresh, pickled, or in a soup and it is even used to make sugar. Because it contains high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, it is widely known for its numerous benefits, one of the most important being their ability to prevent cancer. Beet has been proved to provide us a lot of amazing health benefits! It is now growing in popularity, but its origins can be traced back to 4,000 years ago.

In prehistoric times, beet grew wild in North Africa, and coastal regions of Asia and Europe, and people used to consume its greens, and not the root. It is believed that the ancient Romans were the first to cultivate it and used the root as the part of their diet. Later, during the 19th century, it was realized that sugar can be made from beets. Today beet is being commercially grown worldwide in countries such as USA, Russia, France and Poland. In addition to being used to make sugar, beet is increasingly being consumed in the whole form due to many health benefits confirmed by the scientific research.

What nutrients can we find in beet?
Beet is a great source of various nutrients, such as fibers, vitamins and minerals and it is also low in calories. 100 grams of raw beets contain -
* 2.8 grams of fiber
* 1.6 grams of protein
* 27% DV of folates
* 14% DV of manganese
* 10% DV of iron
* 7% DV of potassium

Moreover, beet contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, flavonoid anti-oxidants, and vitamin A. Health benefits of beet: This great vegetable can be beneficial for many aspects of your health, such as blood pressure, and keeping your heart and liver healthy.

Beet helps you regulate your blood pressure: A study published in Hypertension has indicated that consuming beetroot juice leads to significantly lower blood pressure. Beet can help lower your high blood pressure, due to the fact that it contains a high amount of nitrates which lead to relaxation of blood vessels, and consequently improve circulation.

Beet boosts your stamina: Besides lowering blood pressure, nitrates found in beetroot enable better athletic performance and better endurance as they improve muscle oxygenation while you perform physically intense activities. According to a study conducted on cyclists 3, it was proven that they could pedal 15% longer when they drank beet juice.

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