A healthy diet is necessary for healthy and disease-free living. A healthy diet is the one which is balanced in terms of its nutrition value. It provides the body with all the essential nutrients that are required for its proper functioning. However, sometimes the body has some particular dietary requirements and the diet needs to be altered accordingly. This is and must be, done under the supervision of a dietician or an expert.
Beetroot is a bulbous and sweet root vegetable with which we have a love-hate kind of a relationship with. But in despite this, Beetroot has risen to the status of a superfood in the past few years. As per researchers, Beetroot juice is very good for health. Here is a look at 8 reasons why you must drink it every day.
Helps manage blood pressure
Beetroot juice has nitrates that convert into nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide helps widen and relax blood vessels, which results in lowering blood pressure. According to a research, people who drank 250 ml of beetroot juice every day had a lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Beetroot is actually one of the best home remedies to fight the flakes and an itchy scalp. You can boil some beets in water and use the concentrated liquid to massage on the scalp. Alternatively, you can mix some beetroot juice, vinegar and ginger juice and apply to the scalp. Keep this for 20 minutes and rinse.
The Power of Raw
The nutrients in beetroots are heat sensitive. With the rise in cooking time and temperature, the antioxidant content decreases. Beetroot is rich in Vitamin C which is a water soluble vitamin that can be destroyed on cooking. Not only this, it also loses more than 25 percent of its folate when cooked. It is best to mildly steam or bake it at lower temperatures.
Fresh beets are as happy in a soup as they are when pureed in a dip. If the jelly flesh has kept you away from beetroots, you can marinate it with some olive oil and herbs and roast it that’ll add some nice nuttiness. Grilling, on the other hand, draws out the sweetness and gives it smoky flavour. I also like to throw some beetroot shreds in a bowl of rice with some mustard seeds, makes for a quick meal.
Helps in maintaining a healthy weight
This root vegetable is known for packing quite a lot of fibre, which helps in keeping you full for a longer duration of time. When it comes to calorie-count, half a cup of cooked beetroot (100 gm serving) contains only around 37-40 calories, making it an ideal choice for those watching their weight
Helps in detoxification
Increased Exercise Capacity
Numerous studies suggest that nitrates can enhance physical performance, particularly during high-intensity endurance exercise.
Dietary nitrates have been shown to reduce oxygen use during physical exercise by affecting the efficiency of mitochondria, the cell organs responsible for producing energy .
Beets and their juice are often used for this purpose because of their high inorganic nitrate content.
Consumption of beetroots may improve running and cycling performance, increase stamina, boost oxygen use, and lead to better exercise performance overall