The Powerful Magic Of Beets – Helps Treat High Blood Pressure, Fatty Liver, Heart Disease And More
Beets are a sweet, deeply red root vegetable that can be eaten raw, juiced, boiled, roasted, or even pickled. But there’s probably a lot you don’t know about beets.
In the past few years, science has confirmed several fascinating body benefits originating in the complex compounds which give beets their shocking red hue.
Another fun fact: did you know beet juice can replace road salt, keeping drivers safe while reducing the harmful effects of salt on the environment? This little red root is packed with power!
Check out the nitty-gritty on their perks, then scroll down to try three easy beet recipes.
Lower Blood Pressure
In a recent double-blind study, researchers confirmed that beet juice has a powerful effect on blood pressure. Fifteen men and fifteen women were each given 500mL (about 16oz.) of beet-apple juice. Then, they wore a heart monitor for two weeks.
The results showed that beet juice reduces systolic blood pressure in men, even without changing their exercise habits.
Beet juice (unlike cooked beets) has a high nitric oxide content which improves blood circulation by relaxing blood vessels. Because of this, we’ve included a recipe for a healing beet-apple juice below.
Heart and Organ Health
Beets contain a key amino acid called betaine. A 2008 study of over 16,000 women found that high dietary betaine intake was linked to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Additionally, betaine effectively lowers homocysteine (an amino acid which has been linked to cardiovascular disease when in high levels) in both men and women immediately and for a long-term basis.
Endurance, Energy, and Sex
Beets contain two compounds that fuel your physical energy and maintain your stamina. First, they are a natural source of sugar and carbohydrates, which your body converts into energy. Secondly, they provide nitrates, which make your muscles more efficient.
It does this by lowering blood pressure, and by allowing them to do more with less oxygen4 (This is the same as previously mentioned- nitric oxide relaxes your blood vessels, improves your blood flow and thus helps improve sex drive).
You’ll notice these benefits in the bedroom: beets have been considered an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Beets contain boron, making your body produce more sex hormones.