July, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat
This rugged, grungy-looking root is a beautiful crimson power food. It is packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus. Just like Popeye’s spinach power food, beets are the red spinach.
Beets are one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower levels of homocysteine in your blood reducing the inflammation that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease.
Beet leaves and stems are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants preventing oxidation and cell damage.
Beets prevent oxidation of LDL and protect the heart against heart attack and stroke. “Look and feel younger!” “Reverse the aging process!” “Boost your energy!”
Beets have an abundant supply of folic acid which plays an important role in fetal development. It is required for the formation of the spinal cord and protects the child from congenital disorders.
Beets have mineral silica to absorb calcium efficiently to help you prevent conditions like osteoporosis. (Drink one glass of beet juice a day)
Beets are a great food for diabetics because it breaks down sugar at a slow rate preventing rapid increase in blood glucose levels.
Beets are loaded with iron, a mineral that is important for the formation of hemoglobin that transports oxygen to various parts of the body. With regular intake of beets, you can easily treat as well as prevent iron deficiency anemia.
Beets are the natural Viagra releasing nitric oxide into the body, increasing blood flow. It also has boron, a mineral that is important for the production of the male hormone testosterone.
Beets have rich stores of soluble fibre, acting as a natural laxative. It sweeps the colon and helps regulation of bowel movements. A Howard University study shows a reduced tumor growth rate by 12.5 percent in breast cancer and helps prostate cancer patients.
Beets boost signal transmission from the brain to different parts of the body. A study carried out by the University of Exeter, UK, showed that drinking beet juice could help proper functioning of the brain and beat the onset of dementia.
Eat them fresh and raw, not from a jar. Heating beets actually decreases their antioxidant power. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions).
For a simple single-serving salad, wash and peel one beet, and then grate it on the widest blade of a box grater. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. (I like mixing carrots and beets grated and putting in raisins, 1T. Vegenaise/Mayo as a variation.)
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL: Health comes from within.
You cannot buy it in a bottle.