As the name suggests, beetroot is a type of root veggie, known for its excellent medicinal properties. This vegetable has been used for more than two millennia. Beetroot is native to the Mediterranean region, but because of the health benefits it brings, it is now cultivated around the globe.
People in the past were focused on the leaves because the root was very hard. Beetroot can be easily recognized by its juicy red root.
According to many nutritionists, beetroot is one of the best vegetables. This root veggie is an excellent source of antioxidants. It also comes with different vitamins like vitamin B6, B2, B1, C pantothenic, and folic acid.
Finally, it is packed with minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and sodium. The specific red color that this vegetable has is a result of the high concentration of betacyanins – red pigments.
Beetroot has a very low energy value and this is why many people use it in their weight loss plans (it has a very small amount of calories).
On the other hand, it provides many useful nutrients to the system. 3.5 Oz (100 gr) of beetroot contains about 43 calories.
Health Benefits of Beetroot Therapy
- Stabilizes blood pressure and keeps the cardiovascular system healthy;
- Encourages substance exchange in the system. In other words, it reenergizes and rejuvenates the body;
- Lowers the level of bad cholesterol in the blood;
- Improves the health of our nails, hair, and skin;
- Supports the work of the liver and assists the process of elimination of harmful substances (detoxification);
- Good for the mood;
- Has a positive impact in cases of constipation;
- Stabilizes the level of acids in the stomach.
Another thing that is interesting about beet is that several studies have confirmed that this plant improves the results of treatments against cancer and leukemia.
Beets are packed with betaine. This is an amino acid known for its anti-cancer properties. Betaine also has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. A recent study has shown that this amino acid fights cells located in tumor tissue.
In theory, beetroot can be used as part of the treatment against various types of cancer. However, scientists first have to conduct serious research in order to come up with some relevant results. One study like that has confirmed that all participants in the study suffering from cancer have shown positive results after practicing a treatment based on beets.
Information about Beetroot Therapy
Beetroot therapy targeting cancer and leukemia is actually quite simple. The sufferer should consume about 1 pound (500 gr) of raw beets on a daily basis. The best idea is to consume beets in the form of a salad together with some lemon and olive oil. It is also recommended for the patient to follow a diet that is focused on the strengthening of the immune system.
Patients can expect the best results in case the treatment is followed in the early stage of the disease. After a while, they will need to increase the amount of beetroot they consume.