Beetroot Health Benefits – Why Should We Eat Beetroot ?

-Beetroot has features which make him one of the most nutritious food products and is considered to be an ideal choice during winter months.

Besides being known by his anti-cancer substances, it is also well known source of folic acid. Beetroot contains organic pigments, carotenoids, and also contains antioxidants which protect our body from premature aging.

-Beetroot is rich in microelements such as iodine, copper and selenium and also contain minerals necessary for our body, including potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron.

-Beetroot cleans toxins out of our body and is the best natural remedy for treating anemia.

-Except these nutrients, beetroot is rich in betamin which is extremely important for blood vessels, liver function and also regulates blood pressure and reduces cholesterol level up to 40 percent.

-The color of his best antioxidant – anthocyanin prevents growth of tumor cells, so beetroots is great for protection against X-ray and radioactive radiation and is used as a medicine in treating consequences of these radiations.

Beetroot juice improves sport performance

Many athletes use energy drinks and caffeine as a stimulus before the match. A study led by the University of Exeter, published in 2009 in the “Journal of Applied Physiology”, said that beetroot juice contributes best when it comes to improving athletic endurance. This vegetable will not only result in strengthening athletic performance, but it also helps you boost your overall health.

I love Beetroot! I’ve been eating a lot more often recently and one of my favorite ways of consuming beetroot is fermenting it for 3 – 7 days and then drink the fermented beet liquid. This turns most of the natural sugars in the beetroot into probiotics and it increases the nutrients to be absorbed by your body better, if you’re going to try this I also recommend also adding in some shredded carrots and some garlic as this I find gives it a stronger fermented flavour! Just Google up ‘Beet Kvass’ and there’s plenty of recipes out there showing you how to make fermented beet Kvass!

Hi! I always buy it but never know when is the correct time to eat it? how do I know when is the right time? When I get it and slice it its always so hard and the color inside is pink with a bit of white in the center. please respond whenever possible thank you :)

I had Beetroot, Carrot, Apple & Lemon juice every day during chemotherapy and the Beetroot helped keep my blood count high. Oncologist was very impressed and I had no side effects either. Absolutely swear by it as a wonder food.

Hi, I have a nine month old baby and make his baby food myself, I would love to make him baby food with beets but I heard that it contains nitrates that could be harmful to baby. Is this true and how should I prepare baby food with beets. Thanks!

Hey Nina, thank you for your comment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “Because vegetables, including green beans, carrots, squash, spinach and BEETS, can have nitrate levels as high or higher than that of well water, infants should not eat these foods until after age 3 months”. At 6 months, your baby’s body is far better equipped to deal with the nitrates that occur naturally in certain foods. Your baby is nine months old so you can prepare baby food with beets for your baby.
Here is an excellent beets recipe for baby:

Baby’s Beetroot Mash
2 small fresh beetroot
1 apple
1 small white potato

Peel the beetroot, remove the stalks and cut into cubes.
Peel and core the apple then dice.
Peel and dice the white potato.
Steam all three ingredients until tender (start the beetroot and potatoes off first, then add the apple).
Mash the ingredients together for a yummy puree!

Dear Susann,

You can slice the raw beets and serve them with a sprinkle of chile and lemon. It is very tasty.
Also you can add it along with barley and feta in a grain salad and in apple and carrot salad.
Eat grated raw beets. Grated beets are tasty topping for salads but also an interesting ingredient for salad dressing. You can mix it with carrots, cabbage and onions.

Dear Goce, you can eat the beetroot cooked and raw. But raw beetroot actually has more health-giving benefits in its raw form.