Beetroots : welcome to health.. goodbye cancer.
Is Beetroots good for cancer? Beetroot is an old plant, but its many benefits are being recently, especially those related to cancer. It has been held as anew super food. As well as containing beneficial antioxidant, which may help to mop up damaging free radicals in the blood, this root vegetable is rich in nutrients.
What are the nutrients in beetroot ?
Beets have a big amount of important nutrients:
B vitamins , especially vitamin B9 (known as folate)
Beta carotene, which gets converted in the body to vitamin A.
what are benefits of beetroot ?
beetroot is known for its antioxidant activities and widely used as a remedy for a variety of ailments including :
Cardiovascular related conditions
Boost energy and improve performance in athletes
Recent clinical studies have shown the usefulness of beetroot in managing blood pressure and cardiovascular health
Improve digestive health : by increasing beneficial bacteria and prevent constipation
Brain health support :by promoting dilation of blood vessels and blood flow to the brain
Beetroot for cancer ?
This subterranean veggie goes sky-high with its cancer fighting superpower. Beets can help to slow down the growth of active tumors in the body.
According to AICR (the American Institute for Cancer Research) beets play essential role in producing and repairing DNA,
Seems to be part of our anti-cancer defense.
Betalains are compounds found in beet, which give it the red color. Laboratory studies suggest that betalains could be both heart- and cancer-protective. In animal studies, beets seem to inhibit carcinogen formation and increase production of immune cells and body enzymes that help fight cancer development.
Interestingly, in the traditional Persian medicine practices, beetroot is one of the foods used in the prevention and managing of metastatic progression of cancer. It is also widely used in other medicinal systems including Arab, traditional Chinese, and Ayurvedic medicine.
Red beetroot is highly popular and widely used for cancer patients in some parts of the world. Although there is paucity of data indicating its direct role in cancer treatment and chemoprevention its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other supplementary effects are potentially beneficial for patients with cancer at certain stages of disease including during chemotherapy and post-chemotherapy.
What are the disadvantages of beets?
Despite the many benefits of beets, it also has disadvantages, which are:
Drinking beet juice can cause your urine or stools to appear red, purple, or pink, but this should not be a cause of medical concern
People prone to oxalate-type kidney stones should be careful not to consume too much beets
People with digestive problems or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can have an upset stomach after consuming beet juice
Eating beetroot can be harmful to patients suffering from low blood pressure, consuming beetroot lowers the blood pressure even more.
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