Sunday, July 24, 2011


Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid. Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Read on to find out more about how ruby red beets can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle...

Reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and strokes

Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.

Powerful antioxidant properties

Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, in turn protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Reduces risk of osteoporosis

Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilise calcium, which is important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Lowers cholesterol

Beetroot contains soluble fibre, which has also been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being oxidised and deposited in the arteries.

Treats anaemia and fatigue

Beetroot's iron content means it's good for those with anaemia and fatigue.

Helps slow down progression of dementia

A recent study at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA, has shown that the high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the progression of dementia, as nitric oxide in the blood (produced by the nitrates in beetroot) also helps increase blood flow to the brain.

It's also great for drawing with...


Nelson Evergreen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Shane. 'Must confess, I haven't visited yours in a few months, and cripes, I've missed some blinding stuff. Keep up the great work, good sir :)

shane oakley said...

thankyou kindly, nelson.

nice to have you calling back. don't leave it so long next time, or i'll curse you with boils and green pee.

Jue said...

Awesome ! Fortunately I do like are fabtastic !

shane oakley said...

hello, julie!!

beetroot is the food of the gods!

thankyou for the comment.