Health Benefits of Beetroot

How much have we understood the Beetroot than just being a popular ingredient in salads and soups? Let us know the vegetable in depth.
| Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Bit of Beet History!

The vegetable was known to have been discovered for its leaves (used as a vegetable as well as for its medicinal properties) and later on the root was found to be much more worthwhile. Beetroot is not only a common ingredient in daily meals, but is also used in producing sugar and making color dyes. Beetroot is a commonly available vegetable all over only with a slight variance in the species.

The Beet Benefits

Simple in appearance yet so rich in inner properties, the fleshy Beetroot has an endless list of health benefits. The fleshy vegetable is mainly composed of Carbohydrates (in the form of sugar) along with proteins and fats at a very low percentage. Betacyanin, a power-packed antioxidant is the main ingredient of the Beet root which also contributes to its deep purple red color.

  • Due to its antioxidant property, the beet increases the body immunity guarding the body against infections and diseases. The beet juice can be an excellent tonic if included in daily break fast to build the body resistance against ailments.
  • The Beetroot is a complete package of important micronutrients like Vitamins (B complex and C), macro minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, and Potassium), micro minerals or trace elements (Iron, Iodine, Copper and Chlorine).
  • Beet root is traditionally known to foster red blood cells due to the presence of two important blood building components in it i.e. iron and folic acid and hence is a useful supplement in anemic conditions. Unlike other treatment sources in anemia, Beet does not cause constipation. In addition it also acts as a natural blood purifier by flushing out the unwanted toxins in the blood.
  • Beetroot benefits the prime organs in the body like the Liver, the Gall bladder and the Kidney with its cleansing property. The properties of Beet juice are further enhanced when taken in combination with carrot or cucumber juice. It is in fact recommended in liver disorders like Jaundice and Hepatitis.
  • It acts as a natural antacid because of the presence of certain alkaline elements.
  • Beetroot being a natural laxative relieves constipation by aiding bowel clearance and is also recommended in conditions like hemorrhoids.
  • Beet juice lowers the blood pressure and hence can be a useful aid for high blood pressure patients along with other prescribed medications.
  • Beetroot builds up the stamina in people who are indulged in strenuous work.
  • Beetroot also has a role to play in eliminating skin ailments like boils and pimples. In combination therapy it is also known to treat measles.
  • Diluted Beet juice along with some ginger extract, when applied on the scalp, relieves from dandruff.
  • Beetroot is believed to treat cancer and certain degenerative diseases probably because of the antioxidant properties contributed by Betacyanin.

With respect to the medical benefits of the Beetroot, a normal individual can make it a part of the daily diet regularly in various forms like soups, salads, juices or in combination with other vegetables. Effects of Beetroot on different body functions are solely judged by certain recommended servings. Hence people suffering from disorders like anemia, high blood pressure or constipation etc should not consume Beetroot as a replacement over medicines prescribed. Only on consultation with the family doctor or a licensed medical practitioner one can include the beetroot in the routine diet and avail its health benefits.