Beetroot – red plant of power!

Beetroot.1Beetroot should be included in everyone’s diet in some shape or form, as not only are they packed full of nutrients, but they are delicious too! Beetroot has been shown to fight inflammation, protect against cancer, boost cardiovascular health and improve performance and stamina.

Why Eat Beetroot? 5 Top Reasons

Although beetroot has the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beetroot a few times a week (and their greens in unlimited quantities), enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavour but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways:

1. Lower Your Blood Pressure

Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. There are naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

2. Boost Your Stamina

If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beetroot juice may prove valuable. Researchers found that drinking 500ml a day of beetroot juice helped to reduce the amount of oxygen needed by the body during exercise, and also extended the length of time that subjects were able to continue exercising.[1]

3. Fight Inflammation

Beetroot is a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular conditions, and enhance performance. It plays a role in protecting various organs from disease, including the heart, liver and kidneys. It has also been shown to improve athletic performance.[2]

4. Anti-Cancer Properties

The powerful phytonutrients that give beetroots their deep crimson colour may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animals, while it is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.[3]

5. Detoxification Support

The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

Beetroot contains a fantastic wealth of nutrients that help to support the well-being of the whole body. There are also supplements based on beetroot that are fantastic option too.

We are launching a new product this month, Mediherb’s Activated Beet Greens. For more information, please see the Product of the Month section in February’s newsletter.


[1] Bailey, S.J et al. Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2009 Oct;107(4):1144-55

[2]. Craig. S. Betaine in human nutrition. Am J Clin Nutr September 2004 vol. 80 no. 3 539-549

[3] Kapadia. G.J. Synergistic cytotoxicity of red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) extract with doxorubicin in human pancreatic, breast and prostate cancer cell lines. J Complement Integr Med. 2013 Jun 26;10