The health boosting reasons why you should be eating beetroot

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This humble beetroot is believed to fight cancer, boost endurance and lower blood pressure. Not bad, eh?

Beetroot

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It's a nightmare for staining clothes, but the good old beetroot is heavenly when it comes to giving our general health a boost. Here's why...

Beetroot can lower blood pressure


Beets contains an unusually high level of nitrates -almost 20 times more than other veggies - which have been shown to lower blood pressure by Queen Mary's University in London. A different study in Australia found that a 500ml glass of beet juice can lower pressure for six hours.

Beetroot can improve stamina and athletic performance


Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that nitrates can improve stamina and endurance in runners and pro-athletes. According to a 2010 study, people who drink a 500ml glass of beet juice can exercise for 16% longer.

Beetroot can aid digestion


Chopping two or three small beetroot bulbs into a salad will add an injection of fibre, plus a substance called betaine which normalises stomach acid secretion, aiding in digestion.

Beetroot can help to prevent memory loss


Beetroot juice is thought to boost blood flow to the brain and slow the progression of dementia and memory loss. Plus, it's high in folic acid (nearly 75% of your recommended daily allowance) making it a good choice for pregnant women.

Oh and don't panic if your urine turns pink. 14% of the population experience this strange phenomenon.

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