Because of their potent medicinal properties, beets are extremely healthy. They also offer relief in the case of different ailments and diseases.
The color of the beets is from the anthocyanins in them. They also have strong anti –cancer properties. Beets also consist of betaine, which is a natural anti – inflammatory agent which supports heart health, as well as of some other important vitamins and minerals, which include: vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and iodine.
Beets can also boost the blood flow, regulate the cholesterol levels and support the healthy function of the liver. They can fight anemia, as well as detoxify the body, decelerate aging and protect the blood vessels. They are high in antioxidants, cellulose and pectin, which is a special type of fiber that boosts the digestion. These healthy vegetable can also protect against fatty liver disease.
During a workout, they can also boost the endurance, stamina and performance, so they are extremely beneficial and useful for athletes.
You can eat the beets raw, juiced, cooked, and baked. The leaves of the beets should not be thrown away, as they are rich in potassium (644 mg. per ½ a cup), so you can cook them.
Some studies have shown that the consumption of foods which are rich in potassium, as well as the elimination of sodium, can lower the risk of heart diseases and stroke, by 21%.