Beets protect the body

The health benefits of this vegetable are un-beetable!

Other than their amazing flavor, here are some reasons you may want to start including fresh beets or beet juice into your diet.

-Beets are low in calories, fat, and have zero cholesterol.

-Beets contain glycine betaine, a phytochemical compound that lowers homocysteine levels in the blood.  High levels of homocysteines result in heart disease.

-Beets are loaded with potassium.  Potassium counter acts sodium and lowers the heart rate.

-The top greens of beets contain vitamin A, antioxidant flavanoids, and carotenoids.  Vitamin A helps to prmote eye health and skin while consuming flavanoids helps to prevent certain types of cancer.

-Folates contained in beets are necessary for DNA synthesis in cells.

-Beets contain minerals such as manganese, copper, magnesium, and iron.

-Vitamin B complexes can be found in the roots of this plant.  Among them are pyridoxine (B-6), pantothenic acid (B-5), and niacin (B-3).

-Beets contain vitamin C which is known as the detox vitamin because it removes harmful free radicals from the body which helps to prevent heart disease and cancer.

Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html

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