Beetroot (red beet) is a type of root vegetable whose roots are dark red and are eatable – cooked, freshly cut into a salad or squeezed into juice. In addition, the green leaves of the plant are extremely useful. You can cook them, steam them, or eat them fresh on a salad. Their taste is similar to that of spinach. Pigments called betacyanins give the beetroot color and dye can be extracted. You will notice how it looks smudged when you cut or scrape it.
Beetroot is rich in Vitamin A, C, B6, calcium, iron, contains many phytonutrients such as folate and manganese. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, choline, betaine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium.
An interesting fact is that the Ancient Greeks and Romans used beetroot to reduce the heat. It is also a curious fact that during the so-called ‘dark ages’ in Europe, people drank beetroot juice when one was unable to eat solid foods.
According to Chinese medicine, beetroot strengthen the heart, balance the body and purify the blood. Juice from this vegetable is especially recommended for menopausal women.
What benefits can regular consumption of beetroot bring us, and in general what it helps to see?
The plant contains nutritional nitrates that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Reduces fatigue and muscle pain, and helps digestion. Beetroot is rich in fiber, which is extremely useful for the digestive system. It also takes care of the liver by purifying it while helping the body fight the accumulated toxins. Due to the contained pectin, detoxification is facilitated and the skin becomes healthier and more beautiful. It treats anemia due to its iron content, which restores and activates red blood cells to supply oxygen to the body. Copper, on the other hand, helps to absorb iron. Consumption of beetroot lowers blood pressure – there are studies that show that it stimulates the production of nitric oxide by the body, which can help lower blood pressure.
It is important to keep in mind that the cooking process can reduce the levels of available antioxidants and it is therefore good to consume this vegetable when raw – for example salad, or fresh. As it became clear, the juice from this root vegetable stimulates the liver as well as the kidneys, gall bladder, spleen and intestines. It also stimulates the lymph and strengthens the immune system, especially when they need more attention during cold periods (when fighting colds). Beetroot is also useful in atherosclerosis. It also stimulates the formation of carcinogenic compounds and protects against colon and stomach cancer. Consuming beetroot (especially its juice), helps to relieve chronic constipation. Cellulose, which facilitates the regulation of intestinal motions, is found in its contents. Regular consumption of beetroot helps prevent the formation of varicose veins.
Beetroot has a beneficial effect against dandruff. All you have to do is mix some vinegar with a small glass of beetroot juice. You should rub the mixture into the scalp with gentle massage movements and leave it to stay for about 1 hour to rinse well. You should do this method daily until the dandruff disappears completely.
* I just want to insert here that this is an external intervention to fight the dandruff.
The internet is full of different recipes for how to deal with unwanted dandruff, but keep in mind that the change comes from within, in other words – this is just a symptom that wants to show you something.
In Eastern Europe, people eat beetroot in the form of cold soup, which makes it a very popular dish. The classic recipe for salad and fresh fruit is the combination of carrots, apple and beetroot. An extremely tasty combination regardless of the way you make it. It is important to keep an eye on the amount of beetroot intake. It is recommended that you start with small doses to avoid adverse reactions – headache, nausea and powerlessness.
Consume with love!
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