Today I would like to talk about beetroots and their positive effects on our health. This kind of vegetable is widely used worldwide including both the United States and, my homeland, Ukraine. In fact, one of main Ukrainian national dishes namely “borscht” is prepared with the help of those vegetables. Therefore a beetroot is something very Ukrainian for me. Nevertheless, even if you have never tried Ukrainian cuisine, I am sure you have tried them in other dishes or just ate them alone. Anyway, it is always a good idea to be informed about such a great product that contains potassium, magnesium, iron, Vitamins A, B6, C and folic acids.
To start from advantages, I would like to enumerate those that are the most vital for our health. One of them is ability of beetroots to reduce the level of blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It is so due to a high content of nitrates in beetroot that produce a nitric oxide gas in the blood which in turns widens blood vessels and reduce the level of high pressure. High content of nitrates also helps to fight with dementia and its progression. It is so due to increase of blood flow to the brain thanks to nitric oxide (produced by abovementioned nitrates found in beetroots). Further, beetroot’s folic acid helps to protect us from dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, folic acid is a must for proper development of children’s spinal cord and therefore consumption of beetroots is highly suggested for normal tissue growth. It is often advised for those who are pregnant to get enough folic acid during the first three months of pregnancy in order to prevent spinal cord defects. It also has evident osteoporosis risk reduction characteristics. Silica which is found in beetroot is vital for musculus-skeletal health that helps to lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Among other benefits is its “bad” cholesterol lowering abilities. The high amount of soluble fiber found in this vegetable has those lowering capabilities. It also contains flavonoids and carotenoids which prevent “bad” cholesterol levels from being oxidized and later deposited in arteries. Therefore, it does lower cholesterol. Further to this, it also stabilizes blood sugar and treats fatigue and anemia due to iron content found in it. As for blood sugar stabilization, beetroot is practically fat free, quite low in calories and has a very low level of Glycaemic Load specifically only 2.9 which means it is converted into sugar slowly allowing to keep sugar levels stable.
All in all, beetroots are great for those who want to have good health. They have a great number of vitamins, powerful antioxidants and soluble fiber, all of which help to fight with a number of diseases.