It also contains trytophan, which is also found in chocolate & contributes to a sense of wellbeing.
Beetroot also likes these spices - Cumin, allspice, cloves, caraway & ginger.
Perfect Vegetable for Athletes
Beetroot contains nitrates, which produce nitric oxide in the blood, widening blood vessels, lowering blood pressure & enhancing circulation.
With your blood flowing more easily, your muscles reap the rewards of getting more oxygen, reducing soreness & recovering more quickly.
More oxygen also means more stamina, so you can get up & go for longer, plus its anti-inflammatory properties help with recovery.
Add some beetroot to a smoothie after exercising & help your muscles recover more quickly.
It Supports Heart Health
Beetroot is bright red because of a substance called betanin, a potent antioxidant.
Aside from giving beetroot its vibrant colour, betanin also reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, protecting against artery inflammation & lowering the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
Beetroot has been used as a food & a medicine for hundreds of years.
Its rich source of minerals & plant chemicals helps the body resist infection & stimulates the immune system by improving tissue oxygenation & energy to all body cells.
It also helps stabilise the body’s pH (acid-alkaline balance), supporting healthy immunity by creating a healthier environment.
It Helps Your Baby’s Development During Pregnancy
Folic acid is essential for the growth & development of a baby’s tissues & spinal cord, & beetroot is a great source.
Many women can also become iron-deficient during pregnancy, increasing the fatigue that often occurs during the first trimester.
Beetroot encourages the production of new red blood cells (a process called erythropoiesis), helping to boost iron levels.
Eating a nice raw salad packed with beetroot or adding beetroot to your morning smoothie can be a great way to reap the benefits during pregnancy.
It’s an Antioxidant
Beetroot is great for helping your liver to detoxify.
Essentially, it neutralises the toxins, making them water-soluble for excretion.
It Can Help to Prevent Dementia
A study has shown that due to a high content of nitrates present in beetroot, an increase in blood flow to the brain may also help fight the progression of dementia.
It’s this increased blood flow to the brain coupled with the regenerative effects of folic acid that may help with the deterioration of brain health.
It’s Great in Baking
Containing up to 10% sugar, beetroot is one of the sweetest vegetables making it an excellent ingredient for baking.
Unlike refined sugar, beetroot’s natural sugar also contains fibre, so it’s released more slowly, keeping your blood sugar levels stable.
Because of its sweetness, it is delicious added to smoothies, chocolate cake & salad dressings.
Beetroot is a delicious, versatile vegetable that can be easily incorporated into your diet.
If you love its earthy taste, then it’s fabulous in a raw salad.
Otherwise it’s great in raw baking or added to your fruit smoothie.
Get creative, & have some fun with it – your body will thank you for it.
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Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 12th Edition, Plant & Food Research 2018