Make your heart beat for the Beetroot!

It is believed that when a man and a woman eat the same beetroot, they are bound to fall in love with each other. OK, that may not be true, but what is an undeniable fact is that beetroot is one of the healthiest veggies. Plus guess what? Absolutely great for eating during the rainy season to keep you healthy.

The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant. It is one of the many varieties of the genus Beta vulgaris, all of which are mostly grown for their edible taproots and leaves. Apart from being used as food, beetroot is also used as a medicinal plant and as a food colorant. Right from the Middle Ages, beetroot has been used not just as food, but also as a treatment for numerous conditions. So let’s check out some of the beetroot health benefits:

Lowers Blood Pressure

Beetroot juice was found to lower blood pressure in a matter of four weeks. As per experts, this is be- cause of the presence of nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide. And in the process, the blood vessels expand. Also, consuming beetroot juice regularly can pro- long these good effects.

Good For The Heart

Beetroot improves the delivery of oxygen to the working skeletal muscles. When the working skeletal muscles don’t get enough oxygen, they are impaired and decrease one’s capacity to move their arms or legs. This results in decreased physical activity, ultimately leading to heart disease.

Boosts Energy Levels

Studies have found that beetroot makes the muscles more fuel-efficient, thereby enhancing stamina. Beetroot has also been found to reduce the oxygen cost of exercise. In tests conducted on exercising rats, beet juice supplementation was found to enhance blood flow to the limbs. The vegetable can also improve exercise performance in individuals suffering from peripheral artery disease.

Boosts happiness!

Beets are also relaxing. Betaine in beets relaxes your mind, and tryptophan contributes to happiness – both of which can help you get in the mood.

ADVICE: Pick only beets that are small and firm and have a deep maroon coloring. They must also have unblemished skin and bright leaves. Go for hard and firm roots – this means the beets are fresh as they are recently plucked. Avoid beets with scales or spots.

Recipe for a rainy day:

Just stir fry grated beets with grated carrots and season it with little cumin seeds and freshly ground black pepper! You can add 10 to 12 toasted almonds to it and your perfect meal is ready! Packed with the goodness of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, fiber, and folic acid, beets are amazingly low in calories. It is an ideal veggie when it comes to detoxifying your body. You can have a glass of beetroot juice every day during the rainy season to revive and revitalize your stamina and keep you healthy during the rains.■

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