By Angela Bekiaris
Here’s a vegetable that simply can’t be beat!
They’re so easy to incorporate. Be it in a salad, as a side dish or even thrown into a blender for a great breakfast smoothie, beets should be a staple part of your diet.
- They are filled with nutrients — and very few calories: Beets are low in calories, yet high in valuable vitamins and minerals; they contain a bit of almost all the vitamins and minerals that you need.
- They help keep your blood pressure in check: Studies have shown that beets can significantly lower blood pressure by up to four to10 mmHg over a period of only a few hours, which will lower your risk of heart disease, heart failure and stroke.
- They can improve athletic performance: According to studies, eating beets may enhance your performance as nitrates appear to affect physical performance by improving the efficiency of mitochondria, which are responsible for producing energy in your cells.
- They may help fight inflammation: According to Healthline.com, beets contain pigments called betalains, which may possess a number of anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is associated with a number of diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, liver disease and cancer.
- They Can Improve Digestive Health: One cup of beetroot contains 3.4 grams of fibre.
- They Can Help Support Brain Health: Experts explain that the nitrates in beets may improve mental and cognitive function by promoting the dilation of blood vessels and thus increasing blood flow to the brain. Healthline.com adds that beets have been shown to particularly improve blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, an area associated with higher-level thinking, such as decision making and working memory.
- They Can Have Some Anti-Cancer Properties: Studies have shown that beetroot extract has been shown to reduce the division and growth of tumor cells in animals.
- They Can Help You Shed Some Kilos: The fact that they’re low in calories and high in water means they aid in weight loss.