Beets are one of those foods that you either love or hate. Their strong, earthy flavor is a turn off to many, but their health benefits are our of this world. Beets have been noted for their cancer fighting abilities as well as in aiding migraine sufferers. So what makes beets so special?
They contain high amounts of folic acid (a form of vitamin B-9) which is important to heart health, the synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA, brain health, and in producing healthy red blood cells.
Beets contain essential minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. Iron regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets makes the iron more available to the body making it a great blood builder. Magnesium has been shown to reduce migraines and cramping.
Beets help to improve the blood flow through the small capillaries almost instantaneously once ingested.
Being a detoxifying food, beets when consumed regularly can help prevent migraine headaches by aiding in liver and blood detoxification.
As for anti-cancer and their high antioxidant properties: “Researchers at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom found that a concentrated shot of beet, also called beetroot, juice has high total antioxidant and polyphenol content. Polyphenols act as antioxidants to block the action of enzymes that cancer cells need for growth. Antioxidants from the beetroot shot were more bioaccessible than those from other vegetable juices, the researchers report in the June 2011 issue of the “Journal of Functional Foods.” – taken from Livestrong.com
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