Get With The Beet And Get Brainy!
Beets – or beetroot – might not be the top of everyone’s favourite list of vegetables but their nutritional benefits make them worth their weight in gold when it comes to brain health.
Because of their rich colour, they are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, as well as being a great source of Vitamin C and manganese.
A recent study found that drinking beet juice improved blood flow to parts of the brain where degeneration from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment had resulted. The high level of nitrates they contain also produce nitric oxide in the blood which prompts blood vessels to widen and as a result the brain receives more oxygen.
Good for the heart
This natural opening up of blood vessels also means improved heart health. In a study published by the American Heart Association’s Hypertension Journal, researchers found that drinking just one glass of beet juice could significantly lower blood pressure within 24 hours.
Beets also have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning they can help with diseases such as diabetes, and they can also assist in the body’s natural detox process.
They are also high in fibre which is great news for a healthy gastro-intestinal tract.
So the next time you are at your local farmer’s market, pick up a bunch of these root vegetables (organic of course) and get with the beet!
Check out our delicious recipe for Sour Beets, plus lots of other healthy and nutritious recipe ideas here
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