Beets are a bonafide superfood with health benefits galore. They’re especially beneficial to anyone who likes to stay active. These tasty root veggies boost athletic performance, reduce the of heart disease and stroke, freshen breath, support digestive, and brain health, stabilize blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and they’ve even been shown to fight cancer! So many good reasons to pile on the beets!
The Full Story
Beets are more than just a punchline on The Office. While the word “superfood” is thrown around willy nilly in the wellness circles, beets may truly earn this title. They’re brimming with nutrients, from dietary nitrates to folates to antioxidants. But what does this mean for you, and your health, if you eat more beets? We’re so glad you asked!
7 Amazing Health Benefits of Beets
1. Beets improve athlete performance
Gearing up for your next half marathon? Add some beets to your salad! Beets are chock-a-block full of dietary nitrates which convert to nitric oxide in your body. This helps dilate your blood vessels so blood and oxygen get to your muscles faster. They’re also packed with betacyanins, powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, that reduce muscle soreness. So your muscles recover faster! All in all, eating beets can help you train stronger and longer, with faster recovery (so you can crush the competition or set personal records).
2. Beets boost brain health
Remember those nitrates in beets that increase blood flow? This is good news for your noggin! Blood goes to your brains (duh!) and increased blood flow to the frontal lobes may help prevent or reduce the risk of dementia and age-associated cognitive decline. Want to stay sharp? Eat up!
3. Beets freshen breath
Combat garlic breath with beets! Yep, you read that right. Stinky breath, be gone with beets. They turn the bacteria in your mouth into not-so-stinky nitric oxide (don’t worry you won’t taste it).
4. Beets regulate blood pressure (and keep your heart healthy)
High blood pressure is a growing problem in the United States, with 1 in 3 Americans affected. What’s the big deal? Well, having high blood pressure puts you at increased risk for heart disease and stroke (two leading causes of death in this country!). And while the CDC reports only half of those with high blood pressure have it under control, this doesn’t have to be the case. The foods you eat have a major impact on your blood pressure (and health in general). When it comes to lowering your blood pressure, beets are the root veggie for the job. Those dietary nitrates in beets which help to dilate your blood vessels and boost athletic performance and brain health can also lower blood pressure...in a matter of hours!
5. Beets fight inflammation
Inflammation as a defense mechanism is a healthy response to injury. But chronic inflammation is a whole other story. Chronic inflammation happens when your body isn’t hurt or sick. Unable to distinguish chronic inflammation from regular inflammation, your body sends white blood cells to the inflamed area. The problem? The white blood cells attack healthy tissue instead which can lead to chronic health problems like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and more.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! You can reduce chronic inflammation by adding anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. And you guessed it -- beets are one of the best foods to pile on your plate thanks to their anti-inflammatory betalains and polyphenols.
6. Beets keep the digestive system running smoothly
Bad pun intended. Beets are a high fiber food, which is excellent for your gut and digestion. Fiber helps you stay regular, feeds healthy gut bacteria, and keeps digestive illnesses like inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis at bay.
7. Beets help fight cancer
Beets get their signature scarlet color from betalains, which help protect against the development of cancerous cells and boost your immune system. And as we already mentioned, betalains are anti-inflammatory. What’s that have to do with cancer? Inflammation can spur malignancy. Currently, beetroot extract is being studied for reducing pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers. (Take That Cancer!)
Is this the end of the list?
Heck no! Beets are great for healthy weight loss, lowering cholesterol, preventing anemia, the list goes on and on. But we don’t have all day, do we?
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You know that this root veggie:
- Improves athletic performance
- Helps cognitive function and reduces the risk for dementia
- Freshens breath
- Keeps your heart healthy and lowers blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Aids in digestion
- Fights cancer
AND you know that with MamaSezz Strong Heart Beets, you can eat your beets without the prep...so you can get back to kickin’ butt!