Though the health-building properties of beetroot are still under study, since thousands of years beetroot juice has been well-known for its medicinal qualities, not only for its specialty to protect heart but also for its amazing heath benefits for almost all parts of the body. Scientists have found out that it is rich in the nutrient betaine, which reduces the blood concentration of homocysteine, a substance linked to heart disease and stroke. A recent study published by the American Heart Association’s Hypertension journal concludes that drinking beet juice lowers high blood pressure quickly and effectively and it can be a reliable natural herbal remedy to prevent cardiovascular problems.
Eight ways how beetroot helps your heart
1) A consoling boon of heart patients
Modern world is reeling under the threat of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases which are on the increase due to the changing life styles. It will be a great consolation for heart patients with high blood pressure who might now be able to use a new ‘natural’ approach to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke and heart attacks, the world’s biggest killer.
2) Lowers calories and weight
Low in calories and high in nutrients, beetroot can protect your heart like an invincible fort. It is high in carbohydrate and low in fat. By lowering calories, beetroot helps heart with less body weight.
3) Reduces bad cholesterol
Beets are packed with carotenoid, flavonoid and silica which help in reducing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, protecting the artery walls and reducing the risk of heart diseases.
4) Nitrate in beetroot, the key to lower blood pressure
Amrita Ahluwalia, Professor of Vascular Biology at Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute says that the organic form of nitrate found in beet juice is the key to its blood pressure lowering benefits. Researched show that beet nitrate increased levels of the gas nitric oxide in the blood circulation. It induces vasodilation and increases blood flow, resulting in lowering blood pressure.
5) Rich minerals for health
Beetroot contains phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, calcium, iron, and potassium. It contains vitamins A and C, niacin, folic acid, and biotin. Experts believe that the red pigmentation in beetroot contains certain anti-cancer properties.
6) Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
Since beetroot contains calcium, it improves musculo-skeletal health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
7) Protect unborn babies from spina bifida
Beetroot is one of the richest sources of folic acid, which helps protect unborn babies from spina bifida and it also helps lower homocysteine levels in the blood.
8) Beetroot for kidney stone
Unani medicinal system says that beetroot can dissolve kidney stones. Drinking a cup of beetroot juice not only dissolves kidney stones but also prevents further formation of crystals.