Beetroot

Beetroot: Overview

Alternative Names: Beet.

The roots and leaves of beetroot have medicinal uses.

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History

The Romans used beetroot as a treatment for fevers and constipation, amongst other ailments.  Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds.  From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood.

Function; Why it is Recommended

Consuming beetroot increases the level of antioxidants in the liverCholesterol levels also fall, decreasing the risk for many cardiovascular diseases.

Beet juice powder is a nutrient-rich food that is known to improve general circulation by inhibiting congestion of the vascular system.  Beet Juice Powder is a natural blood cleanser, which greatly benefits the liver and entire body.

Beetroot protects from heart disease, birth-related short-comings and cancers such as colon cancer.

Research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension on the 4th February 2008 showed that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can help reduce blood pressure levels.  Researchers saw a reduction in blood pressure in volunteers after just 1 hour of drinking 500ml of beetroot juice.  The reduction was more pronounced after 3 to 4 hours and up till 24 hours after drinking the juice.

It is very useful in fighting anemia as it contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, iodine, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin B1, B2, B6, niacin and vitamin P.

Beet gets rid of dandruff.  By boiling the top and root of the beet in water and later using the water on the scalp every night, a significant difference can often be seen.  White beets work even better.

Beet juice is also known to be very useful to fight arteriosclerosis by keeping the blood vessels and the arterial system in sound condition.

You can fight arthritis by making a green juice from any leafy vegetable, mixed in equal proportion with carrot, celery and beet juice.  The alkaline content in the raw juices dissolves the deposits accumulated around the joints and other tissues.

Since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac.  It is a rich source of the mineral boron, which plays an important role in the production of human sex hormones.

Instructions

Beets can be eaten in many forms such as raw, juice, cooked and pickled.

Counter-Indicators and Warnings

People suffering from kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating beet.  People who want to increase their calcium content should also avoid eating beet as it may prove to be a hindrance in building calcium.

Beetroot can help with the following:

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Beetroot can help prevent the following:

Organ Health

Gallbladder Disease

Consuming beets, or beet extracts, and taurine has been shown to thin bile and cause it to flow more freely.  This should reduce the tendency toward stagnation which can contribute to gallstone formation.

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Moderately useful: often helps with; often prevents
Moderately useful:
often helps with; often prevents