Published On: Thu, Sep 20th, 2012

Beetroot – Health Benefits and other Uses

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The botanical name of beet root is Beta vulgaris, that belongs to Chenopodiaceae family and is commonly known by other names like garden beet, table beet and red beet.

Beetroot is a naturally available food and is commonly found in countries like Central America, North America and Britain. Beetroot is a vegetable that grows under the ground.

Beetroot is used for preparing many food items and is also used as a coloring agent in jams, ice creams etc.

Health Benefits of Beetroot:

  • Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidants and contains many minerals like sodium, magnesium and potassium.
  • Beetroot contains betaine, which is important for the cardiovascular health.
  • The roots of the beetroot contains betanin, which is used as a food coloring agent.
  • Betaine helps to protect us against liver diseases.
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  • Beetroot is very important in maintaining the health of the heart.
  • Beetroot contains betacyanin, that gives red color to the beetroot.
  • Betacyanin has anti-cancer property.

Role of Beetroot Juice in reducing high blood pressure:

Beetroot juice is very effective in treating the high blood pressure. Beetroot contains nitrates that are converted to nitric oxide after mixing in blood.  The nitric oxide that is released in blood is a potent vasodilator of the blood vessels and cause decrease in the blood pressure. 250mg of raw beetroot juice should be taken daily.

In addition to nitrates, beetroot also contains many nutrients like vitamins, minerals and in large amounts.

Beetroot also contains sylesia, that assists in the absorption of the calcium.

Uses of Beetroot:

  • High concentration of nitrates are present in beetroot that gets converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is useful for the blood flow as it is a potent vasodilator.
  • Beetroot juice helps in reducing the high blood pressure and it can be noticed after 3 hours of intake of the beetroot juice.
  • Beetroot juice helps in preventing the unnecessary tensions.
  • Beetroot juice is useful for the sportsmen who run. After the consumption of the beetroot juice, they consume less amount of oxygen during running and they do not get tired easily.
  • If 400ml of the beetroot juice is given to the old people continuously for a few days, it results in an increase in the blood circulation to the brain in them and they will be very active than normal thinking levels.

 

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