10 Health Benefits of Beets That You Need to Know

Take advantage of beets' health benefits to detox your body, maintain a healthy weight, boost energy and more.

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Help support a healthy immune system

You know beets are tasty and easy to cook. But they're surprisingly good for you, too. They're packed full of vitamin C, folate (AKA vitamin B9), potassium, iron and manganese. You need these nutrients to help support a healthy immune system.

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Keep you full longer

Eating meals that star beets is a great way to fill up without being weighed down. Every cup of beets has only 59 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. Since they're a good source of fibre, you'll feel fuller after eating beets without adding significant calories to your day.

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Help maintain a healthy complexion

What are the benefits of beet juice? To start, drinking beet juice is good for your hair and skin, reducing inflammation and preventing signs of aging.

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May relieve inflammation

Consuming beets may be a way to reduce inflammation naturally. In conjunction with a healthy diet, beets contain a powerful antioxidant (a phytonutrient called betalain) that may be able to help your body fight off the conditions that cause inflammation.

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Prevent cell damage

Beets contain antioxidants thanks to their vitamin C, manganese and betalain. These antioxidants work together to neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your cells.

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Improve digestive health

Many vegetables contain dietary fibre, but carrot and beet fibre are especially beneficial to your digestive tract. One cup of beets contains 3.8 grams of fibre, which moves through the intestines undigested. This fibre helps promote regularity and keeps your digestive health in peak condition.

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Boost energy

Beets are one of the best foods for athletes because of their energy-boosting abilities. The naturally occurring nitrates in beets can improve the efficiency of your body's energy-producing cells, called mitochondria.

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Detox your body

Drinking beet juice is a great way to detoxify your liver and rid your body of excess toxins. Create a smoothie with beets and other cleansing ingredients to naturally detox your body.

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Increase weight loss

Because beets are high in fibre and low in calories, they may help increase weight loss when added to a healthy diet. Each cup of beets will fill you up with 3.8 grams of fibre and only 59 calories. Once you learn how to cook beets, you can throw a handful of these tasty treats into any meal!

On the other hand, if you get the green light to eat more, nutritionists recommend these foods for gaining weight.

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Bring colour to your lips

Did you know you can use beet root powder as a natural dye for lip gloss or blush? Simply melt a teaspoon each of castor oil and shea butter and stir in a teaspoon of beetroot powder. Store it in a small container for up to six months and use it to tint your lips or cheekbones.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home