We are going here to continue our talk about the health benefits of beets. We would like to remind you of the Russian centenarians; beets are actually a very good reason for their healthy and long lives. In Russia, beets are frequently consumed either as pickled or in borscht- a traditional soup in eastern and central Europe especially in Russia.
These colorful vegetables include powerful nutrients, which help protect against birth defects, certain cancers and heart disease. The betalains in beets serve as anti- inflammatory and antioxidants molecules, and at the same time they are very vulnerable to oxidation.
It is worth noting that humans vary in their response to betalains; not many are “betalain responders”, who have the capacity to metabolize the enough amount of betalain from beets in order to gain the full anti- inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. The antioxidant uniqueness of beets is demonstrated by getting the red color basically from the betalain antioxidant pigments.
Beets are a very good source of the antioxidant vitamin C and as well as the antioxidant manganese. Beets are different from the other antioxidant- rich vegetables due to its unique phytonutrients. Beets have special benefits for the nerve tissue health and for eye health, which makes it a standout vegetable in antioxidant support.
Phytonutrients found in beets serve as anti- inflammatory compounds due to their ability to inhibit the cyclo-oxygenase enzymes. Several types of heart disease are characterized by unwanted inflammation, and the studies on beets within this context have been found very encouraging, yet still preliminary involving small scale human studies.
Also, still at a preliminary stage, type 2 diabetes- another disease associated with unwanted inflammation- is an area of interest with respect to beets. In addition to their Phytonutrients and the unusual betalain, beets contain choline, which helps prevent the unwanted inflammation in the cardiovascular system.