Beetroots, commonly known as beets, belong to Chenopodiaceous family. These roots are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds, which give them their medicinal properties. Since the vegetable possesses beautiful color, it is also utilized as a food colorant. It was first found in the Mediterranean region about 4,000 years ago and made its way to Chinese cuisine soon after. Beets are not only used as food, but they have served as a medicine since ancient times. They have gained popularity since then and is now considered a key ingredient to be added in salads, soups and even in our Organic Superfood Reds!
Beets or Beetroot health benefits include preventing osteoporosis, treating anemia, treating constipation, slowing down tumor growth, supporting psychological health, treating diabetes, supporting pregnancy, preventing bad cholesterol, relieving fatigue, and supporting liver health. This article will break down a few of our favorite benefits of this righteous root and how you may benefit from it as well!
Beets boast an impressive nutritional profile. They are low in calories, yet high in valuable vitamins and minerals. In fact, they contain a bit of almost all the vitamins and minerals that you need. With 1.7g of protein, 2g of fiber, 6% RDA of vitamin C, 20% RDA of folate, 9% RDA of potassium and 16% RDA of manganese, all in 44 calories. Beets also contain inorganic nitrates and pigments, both of which are plant compounds that have a number of health benefits.
Heart disease, including heart attacks, heart failure, and stroke, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. High blood pressure happens to be one of the leading risk factors for the development of these conditions. Studies have shown that beets can significantly lower blood pressure by up to 4-10mmHg after only a few hours.
Several studies suggest that dietary nitrates may enhance athletic performance. For this reason, beets are often used by athletes. Nitrates appear to affect physical performance by improving the efficiency of mitochondria, which are responsible for producing energy in your cells. So much so, that two studies including seven and eight men, consuming 17 ounces (500 ml) of beet juice daily for six days extended time to exhaustion during high-intensity exercise by 15–25%, which is a 1–2% improvement in overall performance. Eating beets may also improve cycling and athletic performance and increase oxygen use by up to 20%!
With all these performance benefits packed into this one, low-calorie root we had to add it into Organic Pre-Workout, and Superfood Reds formulas. This allows you to take your workouts to the next level and achieve your fitness goals through hard work and the power of mother nature!