Vitamins & Minerals: Folate, Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Fiber, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B6
What it heals:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Eyes and nerves
Beetroot, also known simply as the beet, has been gaining in popularity as a new super food due to recent studies claiming that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.
New products incorporating this highly nutritious food are sprouting up everywhere, especially in juices and drinks.
Beetroot, or table beets, although from the same family as sugar beets (beta vulgaris), are genetically and nutritionally different. Sugar beets are white in color and commonly used for sugar extraction and sweetening manufactured foods. Sugar cannot be obtained from beetroot, which are most commonly found in red and gold varieties.