TEN BENEFITS OF BEETROOT YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW
Beetroot, or beets, seem to be one of the most overlooked vegetables in the US and other Western cultures; thankfully, not so in Turkey. But, I’m sure that most people are unaware of the unbelievable benefits of eating or juicing beets.
Beetroot is high in iron, which means it can assist in preventing anemia and low blood hemoglobin. It also helps the body’s absorption of iron, which enables good blood circulation and the capacity of oxygen that the red blood cells can carry.
- Cancer Prevention
There are several elements contained in beetroots (betacyanin and betanin), which are effective in tumor prevention.
- Heart Health
Beetroot has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus stop hypertension.
- Weight Loss and Digestion
Eating beets or drinking the juice helps your digestion by stimulating the nerves in your intestines. Furthermore the fibers found in beetroot gives one a feeling of fullness and thus may help with weight loss.
The folic acid beetroot contains makes it one of the best vegetables an expectant mother can have. Folic acid is imperative for the formation of an unborn baby’s spinal cord.
- Skincare and Aging
Antioxidants and phenolic compounds are found in high quantities within beetroot. This helps remove free radicals from your system as well as prevent DNA and cell damage.
Beetroot also has anti-inflammatory properties that will further help to prevent aging and age-related diseases.
- Optimizes Exercise
Beetroot can help reduce your muscles’ consumption of oxygen. Thus, you will have more stamina and endurance and feel less fatigued.
In addition, beetroot also contain nitrate, which assists in carrying oxygen around your body.
These properties also makes the consumption of beetroot highly beneficial for pregnant women who need an extra energy boost.
- Brain Function
Beetroot has an astounding effect on brain function, particularly in the elderly. As it helps increase blood flow to the brain, this can assist in fighting off dementia. In addition, beetroot can improve cognitive functions in people of all ages.
Beetroot juice is highly effective in helping your liver to detoxify. This is primarily due to the methionine and glycine betainine that it contains. Both stimulate the liver cells, as well as support detoxification. Beetroot juice also protects your liver from the fatty deposits that are caused by protein deficiency and alcohol abuse. AND DON’T FORGET FRUCTOSE AND HFCS.
- Sexual Health
As I mentioned above, beetroot contains nitrate, which helps carry oxygen around the body. It does this by widening your blood vessels, which means the blood flow to your genitals is also increased. This is the same effect that Viagra replicates. Furthermore, beetroot contains boron, a chemical compound that’s essential to the production of the human sex hormone.
If nothing else, I’m sure that the 10th benefit will have you running to the grocery store. Hold on guys, finish reading the post first.
NOW LETS TALK ABOUT CINNAMON
Eating one of the tastiest household spices may also improve learning ability, memory and even reverse Parkinson’s disease according to new study results published online in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.
Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and regular consumption can also lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
Which Type of Cinnamon is Best?
Scientifically speaking, there is only one true cinnamon, most commonly called “Ceylon cinnamon”. It is called Cinnamomum verum.
Do not buy and consume “Chinese cinnamon” (Cinnamomum aromaticum) or other non-Ceylon kinds. Chinese cinnamon is said to contain coumann, a hepatoxic (liver damaging) molecule.
A study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners.
The mice in the study received oral feedings of ground cinnamon, which their bodies metabolized into sodium benzoate, a chemical used as a drug treatment for brain damage.
The poor learning mice became good learners after the “cinnamon treatment”, but no change was observed in mice, that did not have learning problems, but were given cinnamon as well.
Cinnamon Aids In Fight Against Parkinson’s disease
Kalipada Pahan, PhD, the lead researcher in the study and his colleagues fond that cinnamon can reverse the changes in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease.
Quoting Dr. Pahan:
“ Now we need to translate this finding to the clinic and test ground cinnamon in patients with PD. If these results are replicated in (Parkinson’s) patients, it would be a remarkable advance in the treatment of this devastating neurodegenerative disease.”
That’s it for today; see you all next week.