I am a food. Most people like me though some can't stand me.
I was used by the Romans as a laxative and to cure fever. The Greeks offered me to the sun god Apollo in the temple of Delphi. My worth was equal in weight to silver.
My juice is highly valuable and has been shown to lower high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose.
I am a rich source of folate, potassium, manganese, iron and vitamin C.
I am rich in inorganic nitrate and researchers believe I have a positive effect on the balance of the oral microbiome (mouth bacteria) if you drink my juice.
I am also useful in assisting in moving bowel motions.
I am high in nutrients such as anthocyaninlutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fibre, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin.
I help with the digestion of fatty foods by thinning bile in the gallbladder and assisting the liver in detoxification.
Kiwis seems to have a particular liking for me (the people, not the bird).
Consumption of me can cause urine and bowel movements to be dyed red. In fact, I am often used as dye in the food industry.
Have you guessed who I am?
I am beetroot.
Beetroot can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. Leaves are delicious in salads and curries. The famous beetroot soup, Borscht, of Eastern European origin, can be made hot or cold.
Drinking one cup of beetroot juice every day can have a significant effect on people with high blood pressure (Siervo et al., 2013).
Beetroot juice can also lower blood sugar levels after eating (Wootton-Beard PC, et al., 2014).
Contact me if you would like further information how I can assist in improving your health.
In the meantime, eat well. 🥬🍎🥑🍓🐟🥦🍣🌱
Siervo M, et al. (2013). Inorganic nitrate and beetroot juice supplementation reduces blood pressure in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. DOI: 10.3945/jn.112.170233
Wootton-Beard PC, et al. (2014). Effects of a beetroot juice with high neobetanin content on the early-phase insulin response in healthy volunteers. DOI: 10.1017/jns.2014.7
Samira Manners - registered naturopath, medical herbalist and nutritionist.