10 Surprising Health Facts About Beets

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Not only are beets a great boost to your physical well being and a wonderful source of iron, it has been shown to be an immunity booster and guard against cancer.   We wrote about the health benefits of rooted vegetables here, but decided to go a little deeper into the health benefits of beets because it is said that colorful vegetables are the healthiest, and it is undeniable that the deep color of beets has significance.

  • They Boost Libido:  One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. The high amounts of boron found in beets is directly related to the production of human sex hormone.  For more libido boosting foods, click here.
  • Beets have ZERO trans fat and ZERO saturated fat.
  • They are High in Minerals and Great for Pregnancy:  Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B & C, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine and folic acid are all abundant in beets. Due to the Vitamin B, iron, and folic acid, beets are particularly beneficial to women whom are pregnant and growing new cells.
  • Fuel for the Body:  Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.
  • Cleanse the Body: They are a great tonic for the liver, work as a purifier for the blood, strengthen the gallbladder, and can prevent various forms of cancer (especially colon).
  • Beets are available all year round! So they are not difficult to find in any produce section if you want them fresh.
  • Good for Mental Health:  Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate. To read more mood boosting foods, click here.
  • Test Stomach Acid:  Nutritionists use beets and beet juice to test stomach acid levels, so stay ahead of the curve by adding beets to your diet now.  If you are eating a lot of beets or beet juice, and your pee turns pink, guess what? You have low stomach acid. Pee still clear? You need more greens in your diet!
  • Treats Skin Conditions:  Some people have used beats to treat and cure boils, abscesses and even acne.
  • Even the leaves of raw beets have been eaten and useful and beneficial to one’s health. The leaves have been known to counter “garlic” breath and in Roman times Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for healing wounds.

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