Published: 08/22/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
A teacher of mine says they are “scarlet” colored, a friend says blood red, and I say they’re purple. Whatever you want to call it, this vegetable is truly seductive in color. It is also known as beetroot, and is nourishing to the blood and body in general, and is one of the most energy rich vegetables around. This vegetable should definitely be present in our diets, because it contains a lot of properties and medicinal value.
The properties of beets
- High iron content
- High carotene content
- Rich in vegetable sugars (sucrose)
- Rich in vitamins B and C
- Contains certain B group vitamins: B1, B2, B3, and B6
- Rich in potassium, iodine, magnesium, and in lesser amounts, calcium.
- Antioxidant effects (antioxidants block harmful free radical effects)
- Rich in folic acid (prevents birth deffects of the neural tube, and helps treat heart problems and anemia).
- Rich in carbohydrates
- Contains lots of soluble and insoluble fiber
- Diuretic (helps eliminate bodily fluids)
Medicinal uses of Beets
- Treats anemia
- Fights constipation and hemorrhoids
- Cleans intestines
- Excellent blood builder: useful in red and white blood cell production
- Energetic: revitalizes blood. Recommended during times of healing.
- Menstruation: fights menstrual discomforts and regulates cycle…
- Very useful during menopause
- Nourishes physiological functions in the body
- Helps clean the liver and gallbladder
- Cleanses the kidneys
- Useful for treating bladder infections
- Strengthens immune system
- Prevents hardening of the arteries and varicose veins.
- Overweight: due to their moderate caloric value, you can eat these in salads or vegetable diets for weight control.
- Pregnancy: highly recommended for pregnant women because they are rich in folates.
- Helps prevent skin deterioration and premature aging.
- Helps eliminate excess fluid from the body
Ways to eat beets
The most important thing is to never go overboard with this juice, which, although it is very beneficial, it is best recommended to consume roughly one wine glass-full (or tequila glass, for those in Mexico) a day.
Used in cooking, this vegetable is very nourishing, and is decorative as well. Generally, like all other vegetables, most nutrient properties are preserved when eaten fresh and raw.
Beets can be prepared in salads, soups, juices, casseroles, and even desserts! Like beet and carrot cake. This is a great natural colorant. One recommended, and very healthy way to eat beets, is to combine them with carrots. Use one small piece of beetroot with one glass of fresh carrot juice. You should really put the vegetables through an extractor. You can add coconut, parsley, or celery to this juice to give it a few different nutrients.
The leaves can be cooked or served fresh, as salad greens or in dishes.
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