Eat More Beets To Boost Recovery, Fight Inflammation, Support Liver Health, and Help Lower Blood Pressure

Did you know that beets have a robust nutritional profile?  Whether you are fan of this veggie or not, there isn’t question that it packs nutritious benefits.  As an added bonus, beets are quite versatile and have countless uses in the kitchen, from juicing and pickles to soups, cakes, and even ice-cream.

While they can be messy to cut and sometimes have a dirty exterior, they are definitely worth eating as there is more to beets than meets the eye!

Nutrition Benefits of Beets           

Beets are high in vitamin C, folate, potassium, and magnesium. They are relatively low in calories, but high in fiber and water content.  Although they offer some pretty amazing benefits, the leaves contain higher levels of nutrients than the root itself.  Beet greens are particularly high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as potassium.

Nutritional Profile

Beets, sliced, cooked

1.00 cup

170.00 grams

Calories: 75

Nutrient                        Amount

folate                         136.00 mg

manganese                0.55 mg       

copper                        0.13 mg                         

fiber                             3.40 g            

potassium                   518.50 mg

magnesium                39.10 mg

phosphorus                64.60 mg     

vitamin C                     6.12 mg       

iron                              1.34 mg         

vitamin B6                   0.11 mg

Top Benefits of Beets

  • Fight Inflammation

Beets contain betalains, a pigment with potent anti-inflammatory properties.  Although most of the research was done on rats, the results are quite promising.

  • Fight Cancer

A study done on human cells found that extract of beetroot reduced the growth of prostate and breast cancer cells.

  • Liver Detoxification

Betaines in beets help the liver detox and are also known for the ability to reverse a fatty liver. Again, the study was done on rats, but the results hold promise for people as well.

  • Heart Health

Those with heart failure and a reduction in an ability to exercise can benefit from consuming beet juice. In one study, participants were given a 2/3rd cup of beet juice and noted a 13% increase in muscle capacity.

  • Brain Health

Beets contain nitrates, which then convert to nitric oxide.  This compound helps to dilate and relax the blood vessels, improving blood flow to the brain.

  • Digestive Health

Due to their extremely high fiber content, beets should be an essential part of your daily diet.  Eating high amounts of fiber is associated with a reduced risk of many different diseases, such as colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

  • Athletic Performance

It has been scientifically proven that consuming raw beets boosts stamina by up to 16%.

  • Lowers Blood Pressure

As already discussed above, beets contain nitrates which convert to nitric oxide.  This means that beets help to relax and dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and lower blood pressure levels.