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MedicalNewsToday: What are the Benefits of Beets?

This article discusses the various health benefits of consuming beets, including improving heart health and blood pressure, reducing the risk of diabetes, aiding digestion and regularity, enhancing athletic performance, and reducing the risk of cancer.

10 Key Takeaways

  1. Beets are a superfood that are gaining popularity due to their numerous health benefits.

  2. Beetroot is genetically and nutritionally different from sugar beets, and is mostly red or gold in color.

  3. Drinking beetroot juice can significantly lower blood pressure, and can be an effective and low-cost way to treat high blood pressure.

  4. Beets contain alpha-lipoic acid, which can help lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.

  5. Consuming beets can increase fiber intake, which is essential for smooth digestion and gut health.

  6. Beetroot juice supplementation can improve the amount of oxygen that muscles absorb during exercise, and can enhance athletic performance.

  7. Certain compounds in beets, such as betalains, can disrupt the cancerous mutations of cells, and may have some function in reducing the risk of cancer.

  8. Beets are a good source of folate, manganese, and potassium.

  9. Beets can be consumed in various forms, including roasted, boiled, pickled, and juiced.

  10. People who take blood pressure medication should never stop taking it without first consulting a doctor, even if they are consuming beetroot or beetroot juice.


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