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Woman's Era - - Contents - Shankun­tala Sinha

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.

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