What Are the Benefits of Beetroot and How to Buy and Store it?

What are the Vitamins and Minerals in Beetroot?

Beetroot is related to sugar beet and has a high sugar content, as high as that of an apple, in fact. It also contains potassium, calcium, sulfur and chlorine along with a moderate amount of vitamin C and folic acid. The beetroot has been recognized as being good for the blood for many years, as many an old wives’ tale confirms. There is usually some truth in them and beetroot does contain iron which is essential for red blood formation.

In Europe and Russia, beetroot is used as a tonic and to build up resistance to infection. For centuries it has been known to aid the digestive system, especially the liver. It also has a long history in the treatment of cancer as it contains ant carcinogenic substances in the red coloring matter. Beetroot increases the cellular take-up of oxygen which prevents cancer and boosts the immune system. Beetroots and their green tops are mineral rich and help to keep the gall bladder, kidneys and liver healthy. The manganese contained in the green tops helps bodily growth, maintains a healthy nervous system and strong bones and is also especially important to the metabolism and reproductive system.

How to Buy and Store Beetroot?

Don’t buy beetroots that look wrinkled, as they will be dry and tasteless. The beetroots to look for should be uncooked, firm to the touch and have smooth skins. Their green tops should be bright, vibrant and not at all droopy. Smaller beetroots tend to be tastier and juicier. They should be washed, dried and stored in the refrigerator or a cold place. Beetroot is generally available all year round.

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Is Material Stuff More Important to You Than Your Health?

It seems strange that we make time and spend money on things to make ourselves happy and to be able to live our life in a more comfortable fashion yet often do not make allowances for time and resources to take care of our bodies. Houses, property, cars, overseas trips, new clothes and electronic ‘toys’ all seem so important in our modern day lives. But where does the health of our body fit in to all of this?

Most often nowhere and this is evident in the fact that six out of ten adults do not do enough proper exercise to keep themselves strong and therefore healthy. Most people do not fully understand how important the muscular system is of the human body which makes up roughly 50 percent of its weight. Muscle cells are metabolically highly active and their health dictates the overall health of their body.

If the muscular system is allowed to grow weak with not enough muscle building and maintaining activity it will set the body into a downward spiral of declining health that can at best guarantee a lower quality of life and at worst instigate an early exit from this world. You would think we all would want to protect ourselves from this wouldn’t you?

Our modern day lives do not any longer have enough muscular ‘work’ in them to stimulate the ‘growth and repair’ hormones that renew and replace old worn out cells and tissues. So unless we take it upon ourselves to replace this work with intentional proper exercise we get chemicals whispering to the cells to decay, deteriorate and die.

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