You Surely Are Not Getting Enough Of This Nutrition Powerhouse!

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The juicing craze that’s gained attention over the last few months has led to a number of vegetables experiencing a boost in popularity. One the most notable cases of sudden vegetable fame is the humble beet.

Beets are filled with health benefits that have made them a staple side dish for centuries, and more recently, a prime ingredient in homemade juices. But Eastern Europeans learned many centuries ago that the most beneficial way to enjoy beets may actually be in the fermented form. Keep reading to get the explanation on why fermented beets are the best food you’re probably not eating and learn the simplest healthy recipe for making fermented beets!

 

The Many Health Benefits of Beets

Before diving into the specific benefits associated with fermented beets, it is important to understand that beets are also very healthy when consumed raw or cooked.

Beets are rich in minerals like manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, as well as fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin C. In both solid and juice form, it also has powerful antioxidant properties and contains compounds like betaine, interleukin 6, and C reactive proteins, which fight inflammation. Beets have been shown to demonstrate cancer-fighting properties as well. Beet root extract has been used in research settings for potential cancer treatments, and studies have yielded positive results. It is believed that this is linked to the phytonutrients that give beets their signature reddish-purple color. Further testing is underway to determine the effectiveness and potential of beet extract as a treatment for breast, prostate, and other forms of cancer.

One of the most significant benefits linked to beets and beet juice consumption is the improvement of cardiovascular health. Numerous studies have shown how beets can lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke, and improve stamina. This is in large part due to the presence of nitrates that are converted into nitric oxide once they are in the body.

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