2020's Newest Super Food – Here's How Beetroot Can Help Migraines, Weight Loss And Sex Drive

Lockdown is here. So are a variety of vegetables with a wide range of health benefits – one of which is the humble beetroot.

Beetroot is a nutritional powerhouse.

Associated with numerous health benefits, the beet plant is low in fat, full of powerful antioxidants, rich in Vitamin C, helps in the absorption of iron and is even used in medicinal practices throughout the world.

Neurologists even credit the vegetable – rich in nitrate oxide – as the 'secret' answer to crippling migraines

Beetroots themselves are best enjoyed raw and uncooked – add them to your salads or on the side as a garnish – as cooking may destroy most of its nutrients.

However, many say that the best way to consume them, to ensure that you benefit fully and glean as much fibre as possible, is to juice them. 

Doctors recommend drinking one 200ml glass of beetroot juice every morning to reap the myriad of benefits including glowing skin, increased stamina by way of opening blood vessels and, an eased digestion.

Introducing surplus beetroot to your diet for the new year is also wholly timely, as it acts as a natural detox due to its unique source of betalains – a type of phytonutrient.

These compounds are known to provide powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.

For long, beetroot has been known as the liver-protective food, due to its cleansing properties.

With the help of compounds like methionine and glycine, it prevents fatty acids from building up and stimulates the liver cells.

Beetroot in juiced form can also help in temporarily lowering high blood pressure, due to the presence of nitrates.

The naturally occurring nitrates increase nitric oxide found in the blood vessels which allow more oxygen to flow to your brain, heart and muscles and thus, lowering high blood pressure.

Doctors recommend drinking one 200ml glass of beetroot juice every morning to reap the myriad of benefits which range from skin brightness to lowering blood glucose. 

For more information on how adding beetroot juice to your diet can be advantageous for you, check out Medical News Today

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