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6 Health Benefits of Beets


| 6/21/2012 10:09:00 AM


Although they may not be at the top of everyone’s favorite foods list, beets are a nutritional powerhouse and a worthy candidate of being added to any pantry. Available almost year-round, beets are at their best from June to October. Visit your local farmer’s market to take advantage of the nutritious root vegetable, and be sure to check out the recipes at the end of the post for a delicious way to bring beets to the table.

beets at farmer's market  

Health Benefits of Beets

Antioxidants 

Like all richly hued vegetables, beets are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. What’s unusual about beets, however, are the nutrients that supply the antioxidants. While many vegetables contain carotenoids and beta-carotene, and most red vegetables derive their pigement from anthocyanins, beets get their color from a type of nutrient known as betalains. (Red-purple beets are colored by betacyanins, and yellow beets are colored by betanins.) In addition to betalains, beets also contain vitamin C and manganese, making this root vegetable a rich source of diversified antioxidants.

Anti-Inflammatory 



Betalains, along with other phytonutrients present in beets such as isobetanin and vulgaxanthin, possess anti-inflammatory properties, making them useful in helping to prevent conditions that are associated with chronic inflammation, such as heart disease and diabetes.



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