BEETROOT POWDER (Beta Vulgaris) by The Herbal Tea House
The beneficial uses of Beetroot go back to ancient times where is has been used not only as a nutritious food source but also as a medicinal plant and food colorant. The botanical name is Beta Vulgaris and it is also popularly known as beet - the vegetable is called Chukandar in Hindi, Remolachas in Spanish, and Hong cai tou in Chinese.
So did you know that beets are also called “blood turnips” and the taproot portion of the beet plant is actually what we refer to as “beetroot”? They are low in sodium and fat and are an excellent source of folate which is known to support mental and emotional health. Beetroot is very low in calories, with no cholesterol, but does have the highest sugar content of all vegetables. Remember to include beet greens when you prepare your beets to for you and family. “Beet greens” are packed with fiber and protein, also contain vitamin K which has blood clotting properties, and calcium for strong bones and teeth.
Dietary Nitrate found in beetroot heightens the body's ability to use oxygen more efficiently. Beets have such a wide range of health benefits because of their nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds like carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, betaine, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, while also being a source of beneficial flavonoids called anthocyanins.
SOME IMPORTANT HEALTH BENEFITS:
Good for heart health: Beet fiber helps to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol).
Boosts energy level: Beets contain a significant amount of carbohydrates that provides fuel for energy and prolonged sports activities.
May help prevent strokes: A deficiency of potassium in the body increases the risk of stroke. Therefore, the potassium-rich beetroot is recommended to boost heart health.
Macular Degeneration: The beta-carotene present in beetroot is known to aid in reducing or slowing macular degeneration in the eyes.
Helps to Reduce Birth Defects: Beets are good for pregnant women since they are a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column.
Potential to Prevent Cancer: Numerious studies have supported the anticancer and chemopreventative properties of beetroot in the diet.
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Suitable for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.