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Dr. Dre endorses beets

27 Mar

This Mad Magazine beets plug is so genius we had to share!

Okay, seriously, here are 5 great health benefits of beets:

Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.

  1. Detoxify: The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.  Beets are also high in fiber.
  2. Increase Energy: If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer. The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.
  3. Boost Immune System: Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
  4. Lower Your Blood Pressure: Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
  5. Fight Inflammation: Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases. As reported by the World’s Healthiest Foods

Quick tip

Add beets to a smoothie or salad or use the following recipe to pickle your own beets and eat them by themselves:

  • 2 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of cut beets

Mix warm water, vinegar, and brown sugar until fully blended.  Pour mixture over the beets and let sit for at least 6 hours.

Pickled beets