BEETROOT: The “natural Viagara” and other health benefits

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The power root beetroot has been around since forever and it has quite a number of health benefits. Below are some of the reasons you should include beetroot in your diet.

*Treats anaemia because of its iron content.

* It is a great laxative hence it helps keep the stomach healthy. It has a high soluble fibre content and because of this it helps beat constipation as it cleanses the colon and clears the stomach helping to regularize bowel movements.

*It is believed to relieve fatigue– Due to the nitrate content in beetroot it helps dilate arteries helping in the proper transportation of oxygen to various parts of the body increasing a person’s energy.

*Helps reduce blood pressure– Beetroot is a great source of nitrates and research has shown that vegetables rich in nitrates could help reduce blood pressure drastically. The nitrates help to widen arteries hence lower blood pressure making it great for pregnant women.

*Protects you from cancer- The Betacyanin content in beetroot helps slow down growth of tumor by a significant amount especially in patients with prostate and breast cancer.

*Prevents plaque formation and reduces bad cholesterol– It helps reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and also stops the LDL from being deposited on the walls of the artery.

*Helps beat osteoporosis

*Improves sexual health and stamina – It is known as the “Natural viagara” as it has been used to boost sexual health. It releases nitric oxide into the body, widening the blood vessels hence increasing blood flow to the genitals. It also contains Boron which is a chemical compound important for the production  of the human sex hormone.

*Boosts brain power and could be a possible cure for dementia– Because of the nitrate content in beetroots, drinking beetroot juice could increase stamina by about 16%. Also increases oxygen uptake by the body for proper functioning of the brain.

*Helps keep diabetes in check– Beetroots have a medium glycaemic index which means they release sugars into the blood very slowly and this helps to keep your blood sugar levels low while curbing sugar craving.

 

 

 

 

**source** – health.india.com

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