beets

Th­ese ruby gems are en­joy­ing a much-de­served place as the cen­ter­piece of a healthy diet. They're also packed with pow­er­ful health ben­e­fits

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

Beet­roots, com­monly known as beets, are packed with es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and an­tiox­i­dants that may help lower blood pres­sure, fight can­cer and in­flam­ma­tion, boost stamina, and sup­port brain and bone health. Even bet­ter, they’re de­li­cious and easy to add to your diet. Check out the amaz­ing ben­e­fits of this ruby red veg­gie.

HIGH IN AN­TIOX­I­DANTS: Beets are nat­u­rally high in phy­tonu­tri­ents, an­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­mins, and trace min­er­als. An­tiox­i­dants help neu­tral­ize free rad­i­cals, pre­vent­ing dam­age to your cells. This pro­tects against ill­nesses such as can­cer, au­toim­mune dis­or­ders, ag­ing, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases. Beets are also high in be­ta­lains, a fam­ily of nat­u­ral pig­ments that give beets their color and are thought to be re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing against cer­tain can­cers and dis­eases.

FIGHT IN­FLAM­MA­TION: In­flam­ma­tion is a nor­mal re­sponse by the im­mune sys­tem that helps pro­tect the body against in­fec­tion. How­ever, re­search has proven that chronic in­flam­ma­tion may con­trib­ute to con­di­tions like heart dis­ease, can­cer, and even obe­sity. Since our di­ets are high in sugar and pro­cessed foods, foods like beets can keep in­flam­ma­tion in check. Stud­ies show that beet­root sup­ple­men­ta­tion can re­duce ox­ida­tive stress and in­flam­ma­tion in rats. Hu­man stud­ies also con­firmed that both cooked beets and beet­root juice were able to lower lev­els of in­flam­ma­tory mark­ers in peo­ple with high blood pres­sure. IM­PROVE ATH­LETIC PER­FOR­MANCE: Beets are high in ni­trates, and stud­ies show that this nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring chem­i­cal in foods is con­verted to ni­tric ox­ide when con­sumed, im­prov­ing ath­letic per­for­mance. Re­search shows that ni­tric ox­ide in­creases blood flow, im­proves lung func­tion, and strength­ens mus­cle con­trac­tions. This con­trib­utes to im­proved car­diores­pi­ra­tory en­durance and per­for­mance. Stud­ies have shown that ath­letes were able to main­tain ex­er­cise in­ten­sity 60–80 per­cent longer af­ter sup­ple­ment­ing with beet juice.

IN­CREASE WEIGHT LOSS: Beets are loaded with fiber, which keeps you feel­ing fuller through­out the day. Each cup of beets con­tains 3.8 grams of fiber, which is 15 per­cent of your rec­om­mended daily in­take. One study showed that sub­jects who in­creased fiber in­take by 14 grams per day led to a 10 per­cent de­crease in daily calo­rie in­take, which led to in­creased weight loss.

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