YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BEAT BEETS
Itʼs a multi-benefit vegetable.
We have been eating Beets for many centuries. It is also easily available in most places and old quite affordable. They can be eaten raw, juiced, baked or cooked. The anthocyanins of beets give them a red-purple colour. It is a powerhouse of minerals and vitamins. It has numerous benefits on our health. Full of vitamins and minerals: Beets have vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12. Besides, it has iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, Iodine and sodium. So it provides these useful vitamins and minerals to our body. These can make our body fight with cold and flu, asthma, anaemia and more. It enhances our immune system.
Other useful nutrients - Beets contain carotenoids, flavonoids and betaine. Elements in it like carotenoid are good antioxidant. It reduces chances of anaemia and detoxifies the body.
Good for the digestion and bowel
functions: Beets are rich in dietary fibres which reduce constipation and help in digestion. Also the antioxydant, cellulose and pectin fiber in it protect us from liver disease. As a result chances of colon cancer, IBS and haemorrhoids are reduced.
Good for blood pressure and
heart: It is rich in nitrates and potassium which dilate blood vessels reducing B.P. It also help in circulation and reduces clotting. Also, vitamin E of beets helps in uptake of oxygen. All this is said to reduce cardiovascular disease by 20 per cent.
Good for eyes: Its vitamin A and beta carotene are good for our eyes.
Can help in cancer: It is useful in lung cancer. Also, the red colour of beets due to betacyanin is said to reduce growth of tumours in the prostate and breasts by 12.5 per cent. These betacyanin and nitrates prevent cell mutation also. Good source of energy: Carbohydrates present in beets keep us energetic and fit to work and help maintain stamina.
Helps healing of wounds: Vitamin C and zinc in beets makes healing of wounds faster. Side-effects of beets: There are some side-effects of eating beets: Colour of urine: It may become reddish. Colour of stool: It may be reddish.
Kidney stones: It is rich in oxalic acid which can interfere with absorption of some minerals like calcium. There may be a thin chance of formation of kidney stone.
Gallstones: Gallstones may also be formed due to oxalates, though it is not linked to kidney stone.
But without any particular tests and advice of doctor we need not panic and avoid oxalates rich foods.
Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.