Beetroot

Beetroot is a vegetable that has been linked to improved stamina, blood flow and lower cholesterol. Historically it has been used to treat fever, constipation, wounds and skin problems. Both the root and the leaves can be eaten. The leaves are very similar to spinach and are rich in antioxidants, calcium and iron. Beetroot is rich in fibre which can improve bowel function and help to lower cholesterol. Beetroot fibre has also been linked to increase both the levels of antioxidants in the body and the number of white blood cells. It is also believed that the pigment that gives beetroot its distinct reddish-purple colour may help to supress the development of some types of cancer.

The nitrate content of beetroot may help improve the chances of surviving and recovering from a heart attack.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin A
  • Maintains immune system health
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps maintain eye health and vision in dim light
  • Contributes to iron metabolism
Vitamin C
  • Prevents cells from oxidative stress and damage to cells.
  • Aids in the absorption of iron in the body
  • Aids in the utilisation of iron
Vitamin B6
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Normal protein and glycogen metabolism
  • Normal immune system function
  • Contributes to hormone regulation
Folic Acid
  • Important pre-pregnancy and in first 12 weeks of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects
  • Contributes to normal red blood cell formation
Iron
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
  • Helps maintain normal cognitive function
Magnesium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Helps to maintain normal muscle function
  • Contributes to protein synthesis and cell division
  • Maintains normal hormonal health
Potassium
  • Maintains nervous system health
  • Maintains normal muscle function
  • Maintains normal blood pressure

 

Risks and Side Effects

There are no notable risks or side effects of beetroot.

The roots and greens can contain high levels of oxolate which those who have suffered from kidney stones in the past should avoid over-consuming.

 

Uses

Beetroot can be eaten raw or cooked due to its distinct taste, it is also commonly pickled. Beetroot can also be used as a natural food colouring or added to juices or smoothies.

 

Beetroot products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using beetroot can be found here.