beets

Beetroot is one of those foods that you love, hate or forget that they generally exist. Meanwhile, interest in this superfood only increases due to the fact that scientific research is increasingly talking about the benefits of beets for health and well-being. 

This simple vegetable can:

  • assist weight loss,
  • increase life expectancy,
  • reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases.

Beet is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and folic acid, so this “nutritional power station” should always be present in your fridge. By the way, this is especially easy in the summer, since

  • beet juice is perfect for quenching thirst,
  • salad of beets and carrots will become a light and nutritious snack,
  • cold beetroot soup will allow you to enjoy a great lunch and refresh yourself at the same time.

Read on to discover five health benefits of beets, which you may not even thought of.

BOOSTS WEIGHT LOSS

  • Cleanses our body from toxins in a natural way,
  • Does not contain fat,
  • Is a great source of dietary fiber – half soluble and insoluble.

The two types of fibers found in beets help fight the fatty layer, supporting the function of the intestine and reducing the overall cholesterol level.

Beets are also rich in magnesium. According to research, this mineral supports the optimal functioning of nerves and muscles, which can also be useful for losing weight. A 2011 study, for example, showed that a high level of magnesium leads to a higher level of testosterone, which in turn helps reduce fat tissue by increasing muscle mass

BOOSTS WEIGHT LOSS

IMPROVES DIGESTION

In a number of scientific studies, beetroot is associated with the optimization of digestion by stimulating the nerves in the intestine and improving the body’s ability to digest food. One medium tuber contains 3.4 grams of fiber, which makes beets an excellent source of fiber. As we all know, fiber

studies,

  • optimizes the work of the stomach and intestines, relieving us of such problems with digestion as bloating, diarrhea or constipation;
  • when fibers move into the large intestine, they feed the bacteria friendly to the body, which will also benefit you.

REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

Scientists have proved that beetroot (namely – beet juice) effectively reduces blood pressure in men. In a study published in Nutrition, it was found that

men and women who drank 500 ml of beetroot (3/4 beet juice + 1/4 apple juice) had a stronger systolic blood pressure after 6 hours.

When the researchers limited the sampling to men only, it became obvious that beet juice also lowers blood pressure by 4.7 points in men, compared with placebo. Researchers believe that the secret lies in the high content of nitrates. Our body turns them into nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels, thereby increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood and the blood flow velocity. All this provides a beneficial effect not only on the blood pressure, but on the health of the heart in general.

REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

IMPROVES SEXUAL HEALTH

Die to nitrates in their composition, beets are sometimes called “natural Viagra”. Like the drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, consumption of beet increases the formation of nitric oxide, which:

  1. dilates the blood vessels,
  2. increases blood circulation in the penis.

*Thus, beetroot causes longer erections in men and helps them become hardier in bed.

IMPROVES SEXUAL HEALTH

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It was found out that phytonutrients found in beets can be potentially useful for cancer prevention. Studies in animals, in particular, have shown that they inhibit the formation of carcinogens and increase the production of immune cells and enzymes that can fight cancer cells. In one of 2013 studies, it was noted that the beet extract reduces the multi-organic tumors in animal models. In spite of the fact that such influence of beets on people is still not proved scientists believe that the vegetable does have positive prospects in this area.

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