The common beetroot is rated high among the healthiest food.
Both roots and the greens of beetroots are packed with nutrients.
Greens of beetroots are a good source of magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, while roots contain soluble fibre and nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, boron, vitamin B and folic acid.
Beetroot with its medium GI has a low G L, which helps to keep blood sugar stable for longer.
Beetroot also supplies variety of phyto-nutrients, which have the following beneficial effects on the body:
• Protect cells from dehydration and environmental stress, especially nerve tissue, and have anti-inflammatory effect on the body systems
• Support detoxification of blood and liver
• Play important role in eye health
• Dilate and relax blood vessels lowering blood pressure, increasing stamina and improving blood flow to the brain
• Relax the mind, and are supportive in treatment of depression
Phyto-nutrients in beetroots are extensively tested. Some being researched for their anti-cancer properties, after promising results in animal studies; others for their impact on physical performance and endurance.
Various researches conducted by scientists from Exeter University have confirmed significant improvement in body’s oxygen utilization, and subsequently in muscle efficiency after consuming beetroot juice.