Organic beets……I can pretty much say, that I’m obsessed with them. I could eat them all day! They are said to have grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Elizabethans enjoyed them at Monticello. Medieval cooks stuffed them into pies. Beets are most commonly a dark red color, however, they also come in a variety of hues ranging from a white to yellow…..to a red/white variety known as Chioggia. Betalains give beets their red hue. The rosy/pink/red betalain-rich juice from beets was used as a cheek and lip stain by women during the 19th century.
Not only can you use his non-starchy vegetable in smoothies, but you can roast them, eat them raw (for a nice crunchy texture) in a salad, and pickle them! Now let’s get down to business shall we?! There are some pretty amazing health benefits to beets. It cleanses the colon and blood, boosts eye health, reduces dementia risk, is an immunity booster and cancer fighter, heals acne, protects against heart disease, strengthens the gall bladder and liver, treats/cures boils and abscesses, and is a wonderful source of folate, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, as well as vitamins A and C.
Beets can play a role in the prevention and treatment with some diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. You would think that the beet’s role in sugar production would make it something to avoid for diabetics, however, the natural sugars in beets have a medium glycemic index. Due to this, the sugars are gradually released into the bloodstream, without any added risk of blood sugar spikes. Of course, you always want to consult a doctor before making any dietary changes!
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that progressively decreases bone mass and density, which increases risk of bone fractures. Beets contain silica, which is an essential trace mineral that impacts how efficiently the human body can absorb calcium. Besides silica…..the vitamin C, folate, and magnesium found in beets all contribute to stronger bones, which is crucial to maintaining musculoskeletal health, and preventing the risk of developing brittle bones.
Beets are not a cure for cancer, but the nutrients in them can help with prevention. The betacyanins in the root can help inhibit the process of cell mutations, malignant lesions of the esophagus, and tumor growth. In particular, beets are used to fight in the prevention of liver, blood, prostate, breast, and colon cancers around the world.