Health Benefits of Beetroot

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 05, 2014

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Beetroots are an amazing source of nutrients for us. Here are some of the health benefits of this wonder taproot.
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    The Wonder Taproot

    Beetroots are taproots that are reddish purple in colour and go by different names like red beet, table beet or garden beet. Beetroot is rich in magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin A, C, nitrate and a lot other nutrients. Consuming beetroot every day can give you a lot of health benefits. To know exactly which ones, read on.

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    Is Dense with Antioxidants

    Antioxidants are important to ensure the optimum functioning of the immune system. A variety of fruits and vegetables of vibrant colours are said to be dense with antioxidants. No wonder the beetroot is full of it. The red colour of the beetroot contains beta cyanine, which is a very good antioxidant as it reduces level of the LDL cholesterol, also known as bad cholesterol, in the body.

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    Helps to control Blood Sugar Levels

    The soluble fibre in beetroot helps to control blood sugar levels so when beetroot is consumed by a diabetic at least three times a week, there is a significant amount of change in the blood sugar levels. Soluble fibre stabilized blood sugar levels naturally.

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    Makes the Bones Stronger

    It is true that calcium strengthens the bones and maintains the skeletal system. Now, beetroot has plenty of natural minerals like silica that help in the optimum utilisation of calcium. Some other important nutrients for the healthy growth of the bones that beetroots are laden with include vitamin C, magnesium and folate.

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    Helps to Manage Cholesterol Levels

    Beetroots are rich in soluble fibre that helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol, thus keeping the cholesterol levels balanced. But, this works only when one consumes beetroot on a regular basis.

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    Reduces Heart Attack, Stroke and Blood Pressure

    Because beetroots are rich in nitrates, they help to reduce the risk of stroke, blood pressure and heart diseases. Nitrate gets oxidised when it is mixed with blood forming nitric oxide, which enlarges the blood vessels and increases the amount of oxygen present in the blood.

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    Manages Weight

    If you have had troubles with your weight, all you need to do is add lots of beetroot in your diet. Beetroot is dense with fibre and is low in calories. This richness in fibre ensures that the body fights against deposition of unwanted fat. It also helps to detoxify the system by cleansing the toxic as well as excess water from the body.

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    Treats Cancer

    Beetroot has been used for medicinal purposes since ages. Some terrible, cancerous diseases like liver cancer and colon cancer can be prevented with the help of beetroot juice taken on a regular basis. It helps to treat cancer by detoxifying the body.

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    Enhances Memory

    Losing one’s memory to age is an inevitable experience, but with regular consumption of beetroot, one can delay the deterioration of age-induced memory loss. Beetroot increases blood flow to the brain, thus reducing the effects of dementia.

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    Reduces the Risk of Osteoporosis

    Beetroot contains essential minerals like silica, which helps in the optimum absorption and utilisation of calcium that is consumed. So, it is recommended that people in their 40s begin to add lots of beetroot in their diet to prevent the onset of weakening bones.

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    Enables Normal Tissue Growth

    Beetroot has folic acid that helps in the normal growth of tissues. No wonder a lot of new mothers are told to consume beetroot during and after pregnancy. Also, for pregnant mother who feel fatigued during pregnancy are advised to take beetroot because of the iron that it is dense with.

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