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Why You Should Include Beets in your Diet

by Shaula Saldaña February 26, 2020

How Beets can Improve your Health

Beets (or beetroots) are an acquired taste for some. Whether it's because of their flavor, consistency, or because they haven't found the right recipe to fall in love with them. Whichever your case might be, beets have a whole set of health benefits! If you're a The Office fan, you might find yourself thinking hard about Dwight Schrute while you read this blog post. Keep on reading to find out all of the health benefits beets can give you!

 

Improve your Sports Performance

Several studies suggest that including nitrates in your diet can help you boost your overall sports performance. This is why athletes consume beets or beet juice on a regular basis. It is thought that nitrates have a strong influence in sports performance since they boost mitochondrial function efficiency, which are responsible for providing all of our cells with the necessary energy to fulfill their functions correctly. 

Your ally Against Inflammation

Beets (and other red and yellow whole foods) contain pigments called betalains, which potentially possess several antiinflammatory properties. Beets are also high on fiber content, which can also help with inflammation! We'll discuss this next.

Better Digestive Function

Dietetic fiber is an important component of a healthy diet. It's been related with a great number of health benefits, including better digestive function. A cup of beets (150 grams, approx.) can contain up to 3.4 grams of fiber, which make beets a reliable source of dietetic fiber when you're in need!

Anticancer Properties

Beets have gained their anticancer reputation due to their antioxidant content and antiinflammatory properties (which we told you about earlier on this post). It is proven that beet extracts reduce division and growth of tumoral cells.

Weight Loss

Beets are low in calories and high in water content. In spite of being low-cal, beets have moderate protein and fiber content, which are important in order to maintain a healthy body weight. Fiber in beets can also help with weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting a satiated feeling, which notably reduce total calorie intake.

Lower Blood Pressure

Studies have demonstrated that beets can significantly reduce blood pressure from 4 a 10 mmHg in a period of just a few hours. 

Healthy Brain Function

Nitrates in beets can improve cognitive and cerebral function by promoting blood vessels dilatation, thus improving blood flow to your brain. It's been proven that beets notably improve blood flow to the mejora particularmente el flujo sanguíneo al lóbulo frontal del cerebro. Area related with high-level thinking and reasoning, such as decision making and memory retention.

 

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