Beets are deeply red root vegetable which can be consumed pickled, roasted, juiced, or raw. Beets are actually very beneficial, but many people don’t know that. Well, science has confirmed numerous fascinating body benefits. These benefits come from the complex compounds which give beets their shocking red color. Did you know that beet juice can replace road salt? Beets are packed with energy! Check out their benefits, and try three easy beet recipes.
Lower Blood Pressure
A recent study confirmed that beet juice has a great effect on blood pressure. 15 women and 15 men were each given 500mL of fresh beet-apple juice. They wore a heart monitor for two weeks. The results showed that this juice reduces systolic blood pressure in men. Beet juice has a high nitric oxide content and improves blood circulation because it relaxing blood vessels. That’s why we’ve included a recipe for this amazing beet-apple juice.
Heart and Organ Health
Beets contain betaine. In 2008, a study which included over 16,000 women found a relation between betaine and LDL cholesterol levels. Betaine lowers LDL cholesterol levels. Betaine is extremely effective in lowering homocysteine. It is an amino acid which can lead to serious cardiovascular disease when in high levels.
Endurance, Energy, and Sex
Beets contain two compounds that fuel your physical energy. Beets are a natural source of carbohydrates and sugar, which your body converts into energy. Additionally, they provide nitrates, which are crucial for your muscles. It lowers your blood pressure, and by allowing your muscles to do more with less oxygen.
Beets have been considered an awesome aphrodisiac since ancient times. Beets have boron, so your body produces more sex hormones.
Vitamin K and A: Better Heart, Bones, Liver, and Eyes
Beets are an excellent source of vitamin K. Only one cup of beet greens provides %190 of your daily recommended vitamin K! Vitamin K is very important because it keeps your arteries and improves blood clotting.
Beets contain beta-carotene. When you consume beets, your body converts beta-carotene into retinol (vitamin A). Retinol is a great antioxidant and protects your eyes and skin.
Beet Bonus: Three must-try recipes
Preparation time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
You can prepare this amazing drink without a juicer. Additionally, it has delicious flavor thanks to its ingredients (ginger, beets, apple, and carrots).
- 1 beet
- 1 apple
- 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger without skin removed
- 3 whole peeled carrots
- Unfiltered apple juice (optional)
First, wash the ingredients and cut them into small pieces. Then, put them in a blender and blend them until smooth, adding a 1/ cup of apple juice.
Now, pour the juice into a large bowl and squeeze all of the juice out.
Pour the juice into a serving glass. You can chill it for a bit or you can drink it immediately.
- 12 beets
- 3 tablespoons good olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
- Juice of 1 large orange
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Use a vegetable peeler and peel the beets. Then remove the tops and the roots of the beets.
Cut the beets. Small beets can be halved, medium beets can be cut into quarters, and large beets can be cut into eighths.
Now, take a baking sheet and place the beets on it. Toss with the pepper, salt, thyme leaves, and olive oil.
Roast the beets for 40 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula.
Toss them with orange juice and vinegar immediately after you remove them from the oven.
Then, sprinkle with pepper and salt and serve warm.
Crunchy Beetroot Slaw
- 3 cups beetroot
- 4 cups carrots
- 1 bunch spring onion, finely sliced
- 1/3 cup cashews
- 1 small container coconut yogurt
- 1 tsp raw honey
- Pinch each chili and ginger powder
Peel and grate the carrots and beetroots.
Tip into a container and mix them with the spring onions and nuts. Then, add the yogurt, ginger, chili and honey. Serve each portion with a little dressing.