The beet (Red beet, Beta vulgaris subsp. Vulgaris Conditiva) contains a red pigment at its root which is widely used as the main natural colour additive in the food industry as well as the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. The red pigment, betalains, are water-soluble pigments. Being unstable, they start degrading immediately after extraction from the roots.
Beets are a rich source of nutrients and very beneficial for the human body. They are a rich source of Protein, Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese and Iron. It is surprising to many as they are not mentioned in the same breath as the trendy health foods like kale, beets, spinach. It also contains nitrates which, if derived from plant sources, contain antioxidants. Antioxidants turn to helpful nitric oxide which protects the heart.
Here are some of the benefits of Beet Root Powder:
1) It helps in Lowering Blood Pressure
High Blood pressure has become a serious problem in the modern world of fast food and junk food. High blood pressure poses serious heart ailments including heart attack, heart failure or stroke.
Studies show that the nitrates in Beetroot actually help to dilate the blood vessels by turning into dilute Nitric Acid in our bodies. And thus they can help in lowering blood pressure.
2) It helps to sharpen your mind and brain
The brainpower deteriorates with age as reduced circulation of blood and oxygen play a big role in memory loss and degenerative conditions like dementia as the age increases.
The nitrates in beetroot powder are ideal for providing proper support for brain health. They stimulate blood vessels and aid in blood and oxygen supply to the brain, especially in the region of the Frontal Lobe- the area responsible for quick decision making.
3) It helps to increase your Athletic performance
Being a tasty source of nutrients and nitrates, Beetroot Powder is preferred by athletes worldwide. The nitrates are responsible for healthy blood flow and circulation not only to the brain but also throughout the entire body, including the respiratory system and the muscles. They support the “powerhouse” of the human cell- mitochondrion.
It is used as a pre-workout supplement prior to fitness workouts. The benefits are scientifically observed to last around 3-4 hours.
4) It protects us by Fighting Inflammation
Chronic Inflammation is adversarial to our health and is the symptom for a large number of conditions and symptoms including infections, digestive problems, fatigue, weight gain, acne, infections etc.
The betalain is known to fight Inflammation in our body. Studies and experiments conducted show that Beetroot powder is beneficial to body pain associated with bone-related conditions like Osteoporosis.
5) It is beneficial for the Liver
The largest organ of the body, the Liver is responsible for more than 400 functions of our body. It is the primary organ responsible for the removal of harmful toxins from our body. The betalain helps to detoxify the Liver and ensure its proper functioning. It also helps in healthy bile production of the Liver, along with folate and iron, which is beneficial for the Liver.
6) Encourage Weight Loss
Beetroots are dense in nutrients and contain large quantities of Vitamin C, Potassium, Nitrates and many other minerals will an almost negligible amount of fat or calories. It is especially beneficial if you are looking to lose weight as a large number of nutrients(1 teaspoon of beetroot powder is equivalent to the benefits of a whole beet) is available with almost zero fat or calories to worry about.
7) It is proven to be helpful in Erectile Dysfunction
Being beneficial for blood flow and circulation through all areas of the body; the nitrates and nitric oxide in beetroots are helpful for treating E.D.