This week I learned something very interesting about beets. You are probably thinking I am crazy for bringing up this very under-rated vegetable. Can’t say as I blame you because I don’t ever recall hearing someone sing the praises of beets. Sure you hear about the lycopene in tomatoes, the calcium in spinach, the vitamin C in oranges, omega 3 in olive oil & nuts, etc. But have you ever heard about the betalains in beets? I doubt it.
- Reduce the risk of blood clots - betalains protect the thin lining of your blood vessels which helps reduce the inflammation that makes your blood sticky and leads to clots
- Reduces bad cholesterol - betalains strongly reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol
- Protect cells from toxins - betalains protect many types of cells, especially brain cells, from toxins known to trigger tumors
- Protect your liver - betalains provide significant protection from toxins that directly affects your liver
- Protects your body from oxidative stress that leads to aging and disease
- Protects your body from nitrosamines which are linked to stomach, bladder and pancreatic cancers.