Beetroot is one of the prettiest vegetables out there, its deep reddy purple hue can add so much colour to any dish and its texture can be transformed from crispy, when raw, to soft and tender when cooked. This versatile root has incredible health benefits. So lets find out why this veg is so amazing.
Beets, and beet juice in particular, have been shown to lower blood pressure due to the naturally occurring nitrates that are converted into nitric oxide in the body when consumed. Nitric oxide helps to dilate and relax blood vessels, therefore improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Furthermore, the benefits of nitric oxide have been shown to boost exercise related stamina, assisting with blood flow throughout the body and therefore placing less stress on the heart during workouts.
This beautiful vegetable is also fantastic in fighting inflammation, as they are a source of betaine which is a nutrient that protects proteins, enzymes and cells from environmental stress. The powerful phytonutrients and antioxidants that give beets their dark colour have been known to provide anti-cancer effects in the body by helping combat cell damage and fight free radicals and oxidative damage. They are also very high in essential fiber and nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, manganese, folate and B vitamins. This makes them a very nutrient dense food which can help with healthy nerve and muscle function and assist in supporting the liver, kidney and the pancreas. Beets are known for their detoxification effects as the betalin pigments support the bodies Phase 2 detoxification process, breaking down toxins so that they can be excreted from the body, this helps to purify the liver and the blood.
*Storage and prep tips
When your beets arrive if they have already had the leaves and stems removed leave them as is, if not trim off the excess stems leaving around 1cm on the root. You can store the greens wrapped in paper towel and placed into a Ziploc bag for a few days to be juiced or used in salads or blanched. To keep the roots for as long as possible make sure they are completely dry and place them in an airtight Ziploc bag, they should last around 2 weeks this way!