Beetroot Magic

I want to eat more beetroot. Like most deeply coloured fruit and veg, it is a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C.  Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus help prevent cardiovascular problems. I have also recently discovered another bonus to beetroot! Apparently it works in combination with other nutrients (folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12) to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Even slightly elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of heart disease in adults, preeclampsia during pregnancy and neural tube defects in babies. High homocysteine levels are an indication of a lack of vitamin B12 and repeated observations of raised homocysteine levels in vegans suggests that B12 intake needs to be addressed too. So more B12 and a bit of beetroot to help it do its stuff!

The red coloured compound in beetroot (betanin) is not broken down in the body. Of course every time I eat beetroot I forget that until I get a shock later! Work it out yourself!

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