Beetroot can be used in the treatment of anemia, indigestion and constipation. It also helps to improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, aid in skin care and mediate respiratory problems such as asthma. The health benefits of beetroots can be attributed to their richness in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Digestion and regularity: Because of its high fiber content, beetroot helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
Inflammation: Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in beetroot that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.
Exercise and athletic performance: Beetroot supplementation has been shown to improve muscle oxygenation during exercise, suggesting that increased dietary nitrate intake has the potential to enhance exercise tolerance during long-term endurance exercise. Quality of life for those with cardiovascular, respiratory, or metabolic diseases, who find the activities of daily living physically difficult because of lack of oxygenation, could be improved.
These high levels of dietary nitrates are also believed to benefit the cardiovascular system and may protect against cancer.
Metabolism: Folate is important for a healthy metabolism, encourages healthy skin and hair, and protects the mouth from soreness and ulceration. Folic acid is recommended during pregnancy and studies suggest that it contributes to a healthy birth weight and prevents congenital heart defects and other problems in the newborn.