Until my parents had beets in their garden last year I’m not sure I really had a beets before. While you have to be careful when working with them (everything will turn red, especially your hands) they are a really good vegetable. They have a fun color and a surprisingly sweet taste.
Beets are also very good for you. Here are some beety facts that are going to make you run out and get some beets of your own:
Avoids birth defects: Beet is good for pregnant women since it is a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column.
Prevent certain cancers: Studies revealed that beet are good in preventing colon cancer, as it contains the pigment betacyaninis, which counteracts cancer. Nitrates used in meats as preservatives, cause the production of nitrosamines compounds in the body resulting in cancer. Studies reveal that beet juice inhibits the cell mutations caused by these compounds. Researchers in Hungary have also discovered that beet juice and its powdered form slows down tumor development.
Good for liver: Betaines contained in the beet juice stimulates the functions of liver.
Prevent respiratory problems: Beetroot is a source of vitamin C which helps to prevent asthma symptoms. The natural beta-carotene in beetroot also helps to prevent lungs cancer.
Prevent cataract: The presence of beta-carotene (vitamin A) helps to prevent cataracts.
Capillary fragility: The flavonoids and vitamin C in beets help to support the structure of capillaries.
Macular degeneration: The beta-carotene present in beetroot avoids macular degeneration.
Stroke: Low level of potassium in body increases the risk of stroke. So potassium-rich beetroot is recommended in that aspect.
The presence of the mineral Boron in beetroot juice helps in the production of human sex hormones.
In ancient times Beetroot was used to cure fever and constipation. In the Middle Ages, beetroot was also used as a remedy for digestive disorders.
Beet leaves are also good for curing wounds.