Beetroot is surely a superfood. It has been eaten through history by the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
It is such a powerful blood cleanser and booster. It has been known to increase the oxygenation of the cells by 300%.
It is high in antioxidant levels and is one of our best natural sources of glutamine. Glutamine is great for healing the gut and boosing immune function.
Beetroot contains phytonutrient pigments called betalains. Two types of betalain compounds, betalin and vulgaxanthin, are high in anti-oxidants and also have anti-inflammatory effects. These compounds also help with detoxification of the body.
Beetroot also contains potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium and dietary nitrate. Potassium lowers heart rate and regulates metabolism. Sodium and magnesium help with proper fluid levels within the body. The dietary nitrate in beetroot is linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced incidence of heart disease. Beetroot is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron.
Vitamin A is important for mucous membrane, healthy skin and good vision. Vitamin C boosts the immune system. Iron is an important mineral for red blood cell production in the body. Beetroot also contains folates that aid DNA synthesis within the cells.
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