Beetroot is rich in photo chemicals and micronutrients and one of the deep colored vegetables. According to health experts, benefits of beet root include the following.
Considerable reduction in blood pressure noticed on volunteers who consumed beetroot juice, the reduction was dose dependent.
Delayed progression of dementia in elderly noticed on consumption of beetroot juice.
Beetroot helps to reduce blood pressure because of high concentration of nitrates present in it. Nitrate will get converted to nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels causing blood pressure to drop. The same helped in slowing the dementia progression. The nitrates help in reducing the risk of macular degeneration of the eyes.
Choline in beetroot helps in nerve transmission, aids in fat digestion and reduces chronic inflammation.
Beetroot consumption has found to help in muscle contractile efficiency in athletes and enhanced exercise capacity of heart failure patients.
Beet pectin has found to inhibit the synthesis of type A & type B staphylococcal enterotoxins.
Beet fiber has shown to increase HDL and reduce LDL cholesterol as well as 30% reduction in plaque formed in aorta of experimental animals fed beet fiber.
Betalaine a pigment present in beetroot has shown anticancer property. It also found to reduce toxicity associated with gamma radiation exposure. It also contain other phytonutrients and polyphenols that have anti inflammatory properties.
It contains good amount 27% of RDA of folate. Animal studies have shown that beetroot has liver health protective properties however human studies are needed.
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