The word ‘superfoods’ has been tossed around a lot over the past few years. I find some of the foods now marketed as superfoods a little concerning however there are some superfoods which I believe definitely deserve this claim. One of my favourite superfoods is beetroot powder.
Many customers notice their energy levels increase when supplementing with beetroot powder. Beetroot is not only one of the highest sources of antioxidants it also contains a high amount of the compound nitrate which assists in expanding the body’s blood vessels and increasing circulation of oxygen to the heart, brain and muscles. It is therefore fantastic for anybody undertaking an exercise regime, particularly weight training. Other customers have noticed they have extra endurance plus an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Interestingly, because of this increase in circulation to the heart and brain, it is believed drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobe of the brain which is the area generally linked to dementia.
The effectiveness of beetroot juice in increasing oxygen flow in the blood vessels has also been thought to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. It has been found drinking 1 – 2 glasses of beetroot juice a day may help lower blood pressure. Obviously it is important to monitor your blood pressure when starting out on this regime and advise your doctor of your intentions. It is also advisable to start out on ½ glass per day slowing increasing to the 2 glasses per day.
It has also been known for some time that beetroot contains a phytochemical known as Betaine which stimulates the function of liver cells protecting the liver and bile ducts. Beetroot fibre also accelerates production of the liver’s detoxifying enzymes which means it is a great liver tonic.
So all in all I think we can confidently claim beetroot juice as a superfood. It is important to note cooking beetroot will deplete the beneficial nutrients needed to gain the health benefits I have written about. Juicing beetroot or mixing beetroot powder in water, juice or your superfood smoothie will gain the most therapeutic benefits. One teaspoon of beetroot powder is equivalent to one beetroot. You can use 1 – 2 teaspoons of beetroot powder up to four times a day.
For more information on the benefits of beetroot juice or any other health question, call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, your health shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 0244729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm.