The Benefits of Beets – Why you need Beets in your diet
As our cells convert food into energy, they create by-products called ‘reactive oxidant species’ or ‘pro-oxidants’. Pro-oxidants are also made when the body is exposed to toxins, UV radiation, infection, and inflammation. These pro-oxidants can damage our DNA, organs, and tissues1. Basically, when the body is challenged, injured, or burdened in any way, it makes dangerous pro-oxidants that have the potential to cause long term damage and disease.
It can be challenging for the body to keep up with the demand for antioxidants because we are continually inhaling pollution, putting toxins on our skin, eating processed food, and doing hundreds of other actions that create pro-oxidants in the body. When our defences fall behind, we become vulnerable to damage from oxidative stress caused by pro-oxidants. Oxidative stress plays a role in most chronic health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.
How do Red Beet Crystals help us?
- They improve circulation and reduce high blood pressure
- Lessen brain fog – increased blood flow to the areas of the brain responsible for cognitive function and memory.
- Athletes use beet root crystals because it increases endurance and helps the body heal after increased activity
- Contains potassium, calcium and iron
- Helps to promote healthy blood oxidation – increases the amount of oxygen used in elite exercising routines and competitions because it contains nitrates
- Help maintain lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity
- Anti-inflammatory properties which reduce pain and swelling
- Increased liver function
How to consume Red Beet Crystals
- Dissolve in a glass of water or juice
- Blend into a smoothie
- Sprinkle on to yogurt
- Add to soup
- Mix into oatmeal
- Add for extra flavor in sauces
Take 1 tablespoon (5 g) per serving.
Nitrates and Antioxidants for the Win
Beets have a lot of antioxidants
The antioxidants from beetroot juice have been shown to reduce DNA damage caused by pro-oxidants, which can help to reduce the risk of oxidative stress-induced diseases including heart disease and arthritis. Antioxidants from beetroot have also been shown to improve liver function to support detoxification of the body.
This anti-inflammatory action helps to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage in conditions like arthritis, injuries, and menstrual cramps.