The wide-ranging benefits of beets have streamed into the public consciousness. Books, articles and food TV networks are caught up in the red rush. Athletes are also aboard the bandwagon, using beet juice to boost performance and aid recovery.
Outside the commonly known benefits of beets there are some additional perks and peculiarities you’ll want to know when incorporating this proven superfood into your health and fitness routine.
Here are our top 10 beet-related fun facts.
Food is linked to a good mood, and beets are equipped with therapeutic benefits that deliver.
Their soothing effect derives from betaine, which is linked to increasing levels of serotonin, a feel happy chemical in our bodies.
Beets also help manage stress and anxiety, owing to the presence of uridine, a compound that maintains normal dopamine levels.
If you need to get your bowel movement going, choose beets.
They are stocked with fiber that keeps waste matter flowing through the intestines, thereby speeding up the exit process.
To utilize their natural laxative effects, it’s best to consume beets raw or juiced.
Since we’ve mentioned colon health, don’t be alarmed if you notice a redness in stool or urine after consuming beets.
The sight may be initially troubling, but it’s harmless.
The color change is simply linked to the body failing to properly break down betacyanins, the chemical that makes beets red in the first place.
Boiling or baking is generally the preferred method of cooking them, but beets can also be steamed. Vapor better exploits the nutrients of beets.
Simply scrub them clean and place in a steamer whole over rapidly boiling water. Steam for around 15 minutes or until a fork can be inserted easily.
There are a variety of other ways to enjoy your beets; here are our favorites.
Beets were used as a natural aphrodisiac by the ancient Romans. Turns out it wasn’t just mythology – there is a scientific basis to back it up.
Beets are packed with boron, which is directly linked with increased testosterone levels in men.
Sure, libido is important, but love is what matters most. Here, beets deliver yet again.
Many cultures adhere to the belief that if a man and woman eat from the same beet they will fall in love.
Perhaps this is linked to its aphrodisiac properties, but it’s surely no coincidence that beets and beet greens (roughly) resemble the shape of a human heart.
The reason so many athletes are reaching for beet juice is that it has been proven to fuel athletic performance and fast-track recovery. This is thanks to the rich nitrate content of beets, which is automatically converted into nitric oxide by our bodies.
Nitric oxide helps increase blood and oxygen flow, reducing fatigue and hastening muscle recovery.
The benefits of beets even stretch to dandruff control – is there anything this wonder vegetable can’t do?
For this dandruff-beating home remedy boil beets, let the red-colored water cool, and massage it into your skull each night. Cover with a towel, sleep on it and wash out the water (and snow flakes) the next morning.
Just another reason why beets are head and shoulders above the rest.
There’s good reason why beets are great for desserts – they contain high levels of naturally occurring sugars. Don’t fret; these sugars are converted effectively by our bodies, meaning sudden rises in glucose levels in the blood stream are avoided.
Their sweetness doesn’t come with a high calorie count either – beets are extremely low in calories and are practically fat free.
Beets carry a variety of nutrients that help us look and feel young. From maintaining eye health to keeping skin looking healthy as we get older, beets are a true anti-aging crusader.
Due to the improved blood flow to the brain that beets generate, they also help stave off dementia in older adults.
Just 10 more reasons why beets are a superstar among superfoods!
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