Pickles, turnips, soup, salad, food… Beetroot, appealing to our eyes with its vibrant red color and to our health with its many benefits, is almost a source of healing! Its green leaves are rich in iron, vitamins A and C. The tuber and root part are also a source of folic acid, manganese, potassium and fiber. Beetroot is also a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial source, thanks to phytonutrients called betalains, which give it its red color. Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz pointed out that beetroot, which strengthens immunity and has a preventive effect on many diseases thanks to its rich vitamins and minerals, should be placed on our table regularly, especially in the winter season when diseases often knock on our door. Red beets have only 100 calories. It is one of the indispensable foods of diet lists with its cholesterol-free structure, high nutritional values and low calories.
Helps to lose weight
Since beetroot is a food with high fiber content, it increases the feeling of satiety and leaves the stomach later. Thus, it contributes to weight loss. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz says, "Beetroot is also a suitable alternative to be used in slimming diets with its low fat content and low calories."
Supports the immune system
Beetroot components, especially betalain pigments that give beet its red color, show strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) effects. Beetroot is also very effective in strengthening the immune system with its rich vitamin C content. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz says, "This way, the body's resistance to diseases such as upper respiratory tract infections, which are common in winter, increases and the development of many diseases can be prevented."
It can lower high blood pressure
High blood pressure is the main reason for the development of diseases such as heart attack, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage and heart failure. High blood pressure is also a serious risk factor for many diseases. Thanks to the nitrates in beetroot, it contributes to the expansion of blood vessels and increases blood flow. In this way, it is effective in lowering blood pressure.
Regulates bowel movements
Beetroot also regulates bowel movements with its high fiber content. With this effect, it prevents problems such as gas, bloating, constipation and indigestion. When consumed regularly and in moderation, it especially contributes to the solution of the problem of constipation.
Increases performance in sports
Beetroot helps to extend the endurance time during training, to get tired later, and thus to extend the training time. In the studies carried out; It has been shown that 500 ml of beet juice consumed before exercise reduces the degree of perceived strain during exercise, thus positively affecting performance. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Sıla Bilgili Tokgöz points out that the consumption of 500 ml beetroot juice is safe for nitrates in athletes, and warns, "However, it is necessary to be careful about the risks related to possible interactions that may develop with the components in the support mixtures used for athletes."
It is effective against cancer
Red beet fights free radicals and cancerous cells thanks to its betalain antioxidant properties. This pigment, which gives beetroot its red color, is effective in eliminating the toxins left by the drugs in the body and preventing the growth of the tumor.