Beets Can’t Be Beat!! This is a SERIOUS Superfood!

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BFFs!! There are SO many reasons to eat beets!! I personally LOVE the flavor of beets!!  Pickled, cooked, juiced, or raw.  Their color is breathtaking!  I have fallen in love with beet juice recently for the stamina boosting properties, and other awesome health benefits!  If you don’t care for their flavor yellow/golden beets are less potent in flavor…

Beets also make an amazing low-fat snack!  There are even snack pack sizes of them in some Whole Foods!  I add beets to salads for a beautiful/flavorful touch.

Here are some beet juices/products that I LOVE:

  • Whole Foods Cold Pressed beet, apple, carrot, lemon & ginger: This juice is delish!  Beet juice gives me a true morning boost if I drink it in the am!

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  • Red Ace organic beet performance supplement: I take this little shot if I want a boost during a workout!  I drink it about 30 minutes before I hit the gym!

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  • Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets

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Here is a list of how beets can improve your health:

Increase In Stamina:

Beets are a well-known source of carbohydrates and can yield a fair amount of energy to the body. The nitrates present in beets are converted into nitric oxide which has a part to play in regulating the amount of oxygen used during low intensity exercise. Nitric oxide can also improve an individual’s tolerance to high intensity workout routines. (http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com) “When elite athletes pee in a cup for a drug test, the color might be crimson. Why? Because lots of athletes eat beets—they know research has suggested that nitrates boost endurance performance—and beets contain pigments that turn urine pink. In one study, cyclists who drank beet juice could pedal hard 15% longer in a time trial to exhaustion. It takes about three to five beets (depending on their size, which varies widely) to get a performance boost, says study author Andy Jones, PhD, dean of research in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. “Peak nitrate levels occur two to three hours after you eat or drink them,” he says. So time your intake accordingly if your want to crush your 5K PR.”(health.com)

Cardiovascular health benefits

Beets contain folate and betaine, two nutrients which are very beneficial for good heart health. With its unique combination of active ingredients, beets can reduce levels of homocysteine in the body which can otherwise cause inflammation in the arteries and elevate the risk of heart disease.  On another level, the fiber present in beets can help manage cholesterol and triglyceride levels by increasing HDL or good cholesterol. While doing so, the fiber can also extract excess LDL or bad cholesterol from the walls of the arteries and expel it from the body. http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Improves eye health

Beet greens contains lutein which is an antioxidant offering protection to the eyes against age related condition such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Macular degeneration has often been associated with an increase in the body’s free radical activity which can also trigger premature aging in individuals.  In addition, the phytochemicals present in beets can help improve eye health and nerve tissue. In this respect, the beta carotene found in beets can be very helpful in countering age related eye problems.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Mental clarity

The nitric oxide in beets not only boosts stamina but also improves blood flow to different parts of the body including the brain. Individuals who consume a high nitrate diet exhibit better blood flow to the white matter of their frontal lobes. This is a feature that has been studied to confirm that this kind of activity resulting in improved blood provision to the brain is linked with warding off the progression of conditions like dementia. Plus, the folate found in beets is crucial for optimal brain health and maintaining mental clarity.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Digestive health benefits

Beets are choke full of dietary fiber which is very important for maintaining digestive health. The fiber content of beets keeps the system functioning smoothly while preventing digestive problems such and constipation. While regulating bowel movements on the one hand, dietary fiber also softens stool to make it easier to pass.  With enough fiber in the diet, the individual’s digestive system can also prevent the risk of developing diverticulitis which is a condition associated with colon inflammation. Diverticulitis can lead to further digestive discomfort by causing flatulence, bloating and irregular bowel movements among other symptoms.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Blood pressure management

Beet juice is recommended as a remedy for managing high blood pressure. Once again this potential is brought on by the presence of nitrates in beets. When nitrates are converted into nitric oxide, it improves the dilation and relaxation of blood vessels. With dilated arteries, blood flow naturally improves in the vessels which is beneficial for lowering high blood pressure.  Another benefit offered by nitric oxide is its anti-platelet effect. This effect prevents unnecessary blood clotting and thickening, making it easier for the blood to flow through blood vessels. The result is improved blood flow with regulated blood pressure levels.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Anti-inflammatory effects

While some inflammation occurs naturally in the body and is required for protection from foreign elements, widespread inflammation can trigger many health conditions. To maintain this balance, it is important to include foods that offer anti-inflammatory benefits to the body.  Beets have a nutrient known as betaine in them which assists in protecting cells from environmental stress. While doing so, it is potent in fighting inflammation and lowering cardiovascular risks. The same can also protect internal organs and reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com

Detoxifying effects

A bodily process known as phase 2 cleansing is integral to maintaining optimal health. During the cleansing, unwanted toxic compounds are connected with particular nutrient groups and chemically neutralized to render them adequately water soluble. In their water soluble form, these toxins can then be easily eliminated from the body.  Beets contain antioxidants that can facilitate and promote phase 2 cleansing in the body. They can deliver cleansing effects by detoxifying the liver and purifying the blood.http://dailyhealthlifestyles.com  Also BFFs removing toxins from your body can help your skin look better as well!  If you really want beet juice to aid in pretty skin dab a little on your face and wash with a mild cleanser (this is best done at night because the beet juice may stain

** The potassium in beets can also help hair growth

** You can even use beet juice as a pretty lip stain!

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