Oh, those beautiful red packages of mother nature’s awesomeness: beets! Packed with powerful super nutrients, beets are tremendously beneficial for the body as they provide elements known to cleanse the liver and fortify the blood. Watch this short video on the benefits of beets for the blood, and then go get some of those delicious super foods. And remember, you can steam the beet greens which are also tasty, so see if you can find some beets whole with stems and leaves.
Studies have shown that the fiber found in beets aids in the reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing HDL cholesterol which is known as “good” cholesterol. High levels of triglycerides increase the risk of heart-related issues.
Beets contain a nutrient called betaine which is known to lower the levels of homocysteine in the body which is bad for blood vessels. Beetroot has been found to help prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
One recent study found that consuming beet juice helps to reduce blood pressure dramatically if consumed for one week. The fiber in beets also works to strip excess LDL cholesterol from the walls and help to eliminate it from the body quickly.
If you do embark on a beet juice routine, experts recommend starting slow because the cleansing power of beets can act fast and cause a release of toxins from the liver into the bloodstream, which can make you feel sick even though you’re actually getting better.