I cannot think of a more polarizing vegetable than beets.
Some people love them some people absolutely hate them.
Beets are not only very nutritious they’re highly delicious.
You just need to know how to prepare them and include them in your diet in a way that is pleasant to your palate.
I’m going to explain to you all the benefits of beets and how you can prepare them so you can begin including them in your diet so you can get the benefits of this amazing vegetable.
1. They’re High in Nitrates
Nitrates convert to nitric oxide in the body.
The way this benefits your system is that nitric oxide helps some basil dilate your blood vessels and in so doing helps with blood flow in your body.
- Increases blood flow: It helps with lowering blood pressure and bringing blood flow to and from the heart more efficiently. so that’s great for cardiovascular health.
That nitric oxide has the same mechanism of action and it acts the same way drugs and Viagra and Cialis work in the body to help with erectile dysfunction.
So if you have that problem which is a circulatory problem, it’s the same circulatory problem that would lead to heart disease you want to include beets in your diet for the Nitric Oxide benefit.
2. Increases Testosterone
piggybacking on that benefit for men as well is that beets haven’t been shown to increase testosterone in the body and in fact Romans used to use them as aphrodisiacs because they saw the benefit to using them.
So if you have any sort of erectile dysfunction or libido issue or desire issue then beets are certainly something to include in your routine.
3. Helps Detoxify The Liver
Beets are also an amazing detoxifier for the liver.
So if you have any sort of liver disease, if you drink a lot of alcohol or take a lot of medications you definitely want to include beets in your diet to help remove some of those toxins from your system.
If you have any sort of liver issue you want to include beets in your diet, but start out with small amounts especially if you’re doing raw and let your body acclimate to it.
But if you have any liver dysfunction or if you just want to keep your liver healthy including beets would be fantastic for that as well.
4. Helps Purify The Blood
Beets are also a great blood purifier.
So if you have any lymphatic issues if you have a lot of mucus in your body or immune dysfunction, you want to include beads for that because it helps to clean toxins, attribute lymphatic system and your circulatory system and it helps to rebuild your blood.
So it helps to clean up your system and helps support to find shrimp in your blood so that you feel more energetic and better over time.
5. Helps Increase Serotonin
Beets are also a great source of tryptophan and tryptophan is the amino acid that converts to serotonin.
So if you have any sort of mood disorder like anxiety or depression including beets might help to alleviate that to some degree because of the tryptophan content.
You want to think about including that if you’re struggling with your mood.
6. Good Source Of Vitamins And Minerals
Beets are also an amazing source of just nutrition.
Their bright red color implies that they have a lot of carotenoids in there that are great for your immune function.
They’re also a good source of potassium, fiber, and magnesium and they also have B complex nutrients and iron.
So if you want to build blood, if you have some sort of deficiency like iron deficiency, folic acid b12 deficiency or any sort of nutrient deficiency this would be a great way to get some concentrated nutrition into your system.
So including beets for any sort of malabsorption or weakness in the body would be great as well.
7. Increase Energy Levels
Beets a great source of energy.
So if you feel like you tend to reach out for sugar during the day to kind of boost your energy level you should opt for beets.
I know that beet is not the same as a candy bar but if you have low energy including roasted beets and slicing them up and putting them into salad might be a really great way to get a nice concentrated source of energy.
They are high in sugar.
What’s the difference between beet and let’s say candy is that when you eat high concentrated sugar from the candy you get this big skies in your blood sugar and then these big drops?
While beet juice might be able to do that because it is so much in a glass, if you accept the beet and throw that on your salad you’ll get a nice gradual increasing your energy level but not necessarily this massive drop because it’s not as concentrated with sugar as is candy.
So including that just to have a nice regular consistent energy throughout the day would be fantastic.
If you’re one of those people that’s unsure how to include beets in your diet or you’re not sure if you’d really like them, here are some suggestions.
Have Fresh Beet Juice
Have fresh juice every day or every few days by including beets, carrots, apple, and ginger in a juicer.
Drinking is a great way to get lots of nutrition, antioxidants, and a great way to boost your immune function.
Raw Beet Salad
Take a raw beet and just grate it into your salad.
You might often see that in a salad in a restaurant but just grating that into your salad just a little bit would be fantastic.
Roast the beets, keep them in the refrigerator and then slice them up and throw them in salads or make a salad of them just on their own.
Beet, Ginger & Coconut Milk Soup
In a large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add beets and 4 cups stock; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until beets are fork-tender, 20 minutes.
Suggestion: When you get beets don’t just get the bulbs.
That’s great and a lot of people just buy these bulbs that are already roasted or in a can because it’s just so convenient.
Instead, it’s far cheaper and way more nutritious to get the whole thing, and here’s what you do.
Save the bulb, gross them up, do whatever you’re going to do with them, and then use the greens in different ways.
So first of all these greens themselves are loaded and nutritious, the same nutrients that exist in the beets and they also contain lots of folic acid-iron.
So including them would be fantastic. You can save them and juice them if you’d like.