Benefits of Beets

Beets provide many health benefits -- beet roots help lower blood pressure, while beet greens may strengthen your immune system. Those who struggle with eating the whole beet can easily access and consume beetroot powder. Beetroot powder is added to water for a nutritious drink. It is also used in smoothies and greens drinks, sprinkled on salads and used in gravies, sauces, soups and to provide color to most any recipe.

Why are beets so beneficial? Consider that beets 'live' in the dirt, a place full of microbes which love a free meal. This means that nature has equipped the plant with natural defenses. No wonder that beet has been found to fight off the following infectious organisms:

  • Beet pectin has been found to inhibit the synthesis of types A and B staphylococcal enterotoxins.[iv]
  • Beet extract has been found to reduce influenza A infectivity and lethality.[v]
  • Beet root has been found capable of inhibiting Epstein-Barr virus associated tumor formation.[vi] 

Dr. Jack Wolfson, the Paleo Cardiologist, explains:

If you have issues with blood pressure, circulation, energy, endurance or erections, then beetroot powder is the supplement for you.

Some of the main benefits of beetroot powder include:

  • Supports healthy blood pressure because it contains nitrates that are vasodilators. We have been very successful getting patients off blood pressure drugs using beetroot powder. 
  • Improves ED, endothelial dysfunction. But when we improve ED, we improve the other ED, erectile dysfunction. This leads to healthier blood vessel flow. Healthier blood vessel flow improves erections. We affectionately call beetroot powder ” The Boner Juice.” Blood flow to the clitoris is also improved, therefore improving the female sexual experience.
  • Improves athletic performance by boosting your stamina and muscle blood flow and recovery.
  • Regulates homo cysteine as beetroot is high in betaine, converting homocysteine to methionine. High homocysteine is a risk factor for many diseases. MTHFR gene defects get plenty of beetroot powder.
  • Improves blood sugar control.
  • Tremendous antioxidant that limits free radical damage in the body.
  • Supports healthy blood clotting factors.
  • Excellent source of fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc

HOW TO BUY BEETROOT POWDER

There are lots of places online selling beetroot powder.

Not all beetroot powder is equal. Some has been poisoned by pesticides sprayed on crops. Some contain filler. 

Here’s what you should look for:
100% organic ingredients for the WHOLE beet including the Beet Greens
No GMO’s
No fillers, sweeteners or additives
Glass bottle packaging to avoid toxic off-gasing from plastics

Make sure you compare the amount of beetroot powder in a bottle, as amounts vary widely among manufacturers.

Use of beetroot powder may turn your urine and stool somewhat pink or red. This is normal and simply reflects the coloration of the beetroot powder.

Science acknowledges the benefits of beets

Undoubtedly, future research will find beet to have a wider range of antimicrobial applications. But beet's powers don't end there.  Other already researched properties include:

  • Liver Damage: A 2006 study found that beet root has significant dose-dependent liver-protective properties against the chemical carbontetrachloride.[vii] More recently, research has found that it also protects against N-nitrosodiethylamine associated liver damage.[viii]
  • Cardiovascular Disease: While the "LDL cholesterol is bad" myth is almost imbecilic in its simplicity, those looking for ways to modulate the lipid ratio naturally in favor of the medical establishment's largely drug-company drafted lipid guidelines can rest assured that beet can help. A 2000 study found beet fiber was capable of simultaneously increasing HDL and lowering LDL levels; perhaps far more impressive, the study also found close to a 30% reduction in cholesterol plaque accumulation in the aorta of those animals fed beet fiber.[ix]
  • Radiation Exposure: Compounds found in beets known as betalains have been found to reduce toxicity associated with gamma radiation exposure.[x]
  • Cancer: Beetroot juice has been found to reduce adverse effects caused by DMBA, a chemical associated with mammary cancer risk.[xi] Beetroot has also been found to exhibit anti-cancer properties in prostate cancer cell lines at toxicity levels far lower than chemo-agents such as doxorubicin.[xii]


Excerpt from article on Greenmedinfo.com,
For more information consult contributing writer Dr. Vic Shayne's excellent book: Whole Food Nutrition: The Missing Link in Vitamin Therapy.
Check out Dr. Jack Wolfson's article on 
Beetroot Powder

Resources

Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.

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