Beetroot


Beetroot is classes as a SUPER FOOD and is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betine, magnesium and other antioxidants. Recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

There are so many benefits to beetroot and here is a list of some of the benefits….

· Lowers blood pressure

· Good for the heart – reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes

· Helps prevent cancer

· Good for the liver

· Boosts energy levels

· Fights inflammation

· Promotes brain health

· Controls blood sugar

· Aids digestion

· Reduces bad cholesterol – is one of the few foods low in calories

· Benefits pregnancy

· Helps treat Anemia

· Improves sexual health – reducing sexual weakness and helping relax the brain which contributes to happiness

· Prevents Cataract – reduces the ages-related macular degeneration

· Promotes strong bones and teeth

· Aids weight loss

· Increases the levels of antioxidants

· Anti-aging properties – help fight wrinkles

· Improves skin health

· Help prevent Osteoporosis

Beetroot is best eaten and prepared from fresh. Most supermarkets sell Beetroot uncooked in the vegetable aisle. Avoid jarred beetroot as this will be cooked and stored and chemicals to extend its life span.

There are many ways to prepare beetroot from…

· Raw in salads or juicing.

· Roasting….my favorite.

· Boiling

But with most things that are good for you there can be side affects…

· Might cause kidney stones, if high levels are consumed by reducing the absorption of calcium

· Although research is limited it is always recommended with Beetroot if juicing to mix with other products such as apple or other vegetables. Pure beet juice (direct from the bulb) might paralyze the vocal chords, break you out in hives, increase heart rate and even cause chills/fever. Also causing liver toxicity, diarrhea and vomiting.

You should always consult your doctor if you are unsure.

DO NOT be alarmed if you notice your ‘poo’ is purple or you ‘urine’ as a slight tint of purple/red. Though it is not recommended to consume high doses of beetroot it is safe to eat 2-3 times a week


By Danny Silk PT

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