Beets are one of the healthiest root vegetables. Most commonly used in the cuisine of Eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine and Russia, this plant can be prepared in many ways like pickling, made into borscht, soup and a variety of other beet-based recipes.
Health Benefits of Beets
Beets have a vibrant reddish-purple color and a unique earthy taste. The benefits beets offer range from anti-inflammatory to anti-cancerous. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron and magnesium and a great source of dietary fiber.
The plant also has an ability to enhance our body’s detoxing process as they improve and support liver health thanks to the iron, calcium, B vitamins and antioxidants it contains.
Beets thin the bile that travels through the liver, allowing it to flow more freely through the liver and into the large intestine. According to a study, beets have also helped individuals heal from liver disease.
The anti-cancer properties are thanks to the betalain, the pigments that give the beet its unique color. These pigments are found to contain both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory properties also help with variety of other degenerative diseases including arthritis, liver disease and heart disease.
According to a study conducted on rats, those who were given beets showed a significant reduction in the size of malignant tumors on their body. The anti-cancer effect of beets has been observed in lung, skin and liver cancer in animals and prostate, skin, breast and pancreatic cancer in humans.