Beetroots has always been included in my most recommended vegetables list, although they are in the “use sparingly” category because of their high carbohydrate levels.
Although beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beet roots a few times a week, enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavor, but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways.
1. Beetroots are a great source of many vitamins and minerals
Folate (B9): One of the B-vitamins, Manganese., Potassium: A diet high in potassium can lead to reduced blood pressure levels, and have positive effects on cardiovascular health. Iron: An essential mineral, which has many important functions in the body, Vitamin C: An antioxidant that is important for immune function and skin health.
2. Exercise and athletic performance
Beetroot juice supplementation has been shown to improve muscle oxygenation during exercise, suggesting that increased dietary nitrate intake has the potential to enhance exercise tolerance during long-term endurance exercise. Quality of life for those with cardiovascular, respiratory, or metabolic diseases, who find the activities of daily living physically difficult because of lack of oxygenation, could be improved.
3. Fighter against infertility
Beetroot is an excellent source of folic acid, which reduces the risk of neural tube defects and congenital diseases that cause infertility. If you want to become pregnant, or you are unsuccessful, beets can increase your chances to get pregnant. Because it is rich in folic acid and many other vitamins and minerals, this food has a positive effect on the reproductive system.
4. Good for pregnant women
Another amazing quality of the root is that it has an abundant supply of folic acid. Folic acid is important for pregnant moms and unborn babies because it is an essential component for the proper formation of the unborn child’s spinal cord, and can protect the child from conditions such as spina bifida (is a congenital disorder where the child’s spinal cord does not form completely and in most cases looks like it has been divided into two at the base). Beetroot also gives moms-to-be that extra energy boost required during pregnancy.
5. Improves sexual health and stamina
Also known as ‘natural Viagra’, beetroot has been commonly used in a number of ancient customs to boost one’s sexual health. Since the vegetable is a rich source of nitrates, it helps release nitric oxide into the body, widening the blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to the genitals – a mechanism that medicines like Viagra seek to replicate. Another factor is that beetroot contains a lot of boron, a chemical compound that is important for the production of the human sex hormone.