3 Health Benefits of Beets

| 10/5/2015 11:21:00 AM

Tags: nutrition, beets, Washington, Chelsea Clark,


Every summer, a portion of my mom’s garden becomes filled with big, beautiful red beets. We can hardly use them all up, there are so many; fortunately my family loves beets, so they always end up going to good use in salads and other dishes.

These root vegetables make for colorful additions to a meal, and they are also quite good for you. The many health benefits of beets include lowering blood pressure and boosting your physical performance when you exercise.

Why are Beets so Good for You?

These root vegetables are packed full of beneficial nutrients. They are high in fiber, for one, which is needed for healthy digestion, cholesterol control, blood sugar stabilization, and more.

Beets are also rich in a variety of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids, which help fight oxidative damage and prevent various diseases. They contain betalains, which are responsible for red-violet pigmentation, and which have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.[1]

Finally, beets may be most well known for their high content of natural nitrates. While excessive nitrate consumption from processed foods can be harmful to your health, many fruits and vegetables naturally contain nitrates, which are actually quite beneficial, especially in terms of blood pressure reduction and enhancing blood flow in the body. Learn more about nitrates here.[1]

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