Here are seven reasons you should add beets into your diet:
1. Beets Help Regulate Blood Pressure
Beets are rich in nitrates (which is converted into nitric oxide by the body), they help to relax and dilate blood vessels, resulting in better circulation and a possible drop in blood pressure.
2. Beets Boost Physical Stamina
Beet juice can help you go further, faster by allowing your blood to flow faster and your muscles to get more oxygen during a workout. Those nitrates that help lower blood pressure also help give an added physical endurance kick.
3. Beets can Give you more Brainpower
The added oxygen flow in your blood doesn’t just go to your muscles, it goes to your brain too, which improves cognitive functioning.
4. Beets Will keep You Regular
The one cup of beets contains 3.5 g of fiber, with most of that being insoluble fiber. As beets make their way through digestive tract, they may turn your urine and stools pink or red, which may cause alarm bells to go off. Don’t panic! It’s just a pigmentation called betanin (and nothing to worry about).
5. Beets can help Improve the Appearance of Skin
Beets are loaded with antioxidants, which fight against damaging free radicals. Free radicals cause cellular damage and are partly responsible for the visible signs of aging.
6. Beets Flght Inflammation
Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. It helps to defend the body against foreign invaders, repair damaged tissue and helps in the healing process, but it can also be problematic when it becomes chronic. Beets can help reduce the intensity of chronic inflammation because they contain the amino acid betaine.
7. Beets are Great for Detoxification.
The liver does a difficult and dirty job. It’s responsible for filtering blood, making proteins for blood clotting, detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs. In doing all this, it secretes bile which ends up back in the digestive tract. Beets help keep the liver clean and functioning. Those antioxidant betalains that help keep skin looking good, also help the liver to detox chemicals and toxins more effectively.
Beets also help to thin the bile secreted by the liver, allowing it to flow more freely into the small intestine.
Beets get their “superfood” label for good reason. They boost energy, detox the body, improve cognitive and physical functioning, fight inflammation and leave your skin looking great. Not to mention, they’re delicious.
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