The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA)  found this information related to beets that may help. The health benefits of beets include the treatment of anemia, indigestion, constipation, piles, kidney disorders, dandruff, gall bladder disorders, cancer, and heart disease. It also helps to prevent #macular degeneration, improve blood circulation, aid in skin care, prevent cataracts and mediate respiratory problems. These health benefits of beet roots can be attributed to their richness in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.- Organic Facts

Flavorful beets can help build stronger muscles and brains

By Kim Larson
Special to The Herald
There’s no debating it. Beets whether — red or yellow add beautiful color and flavor to dishes. In season now, they can be seen on almost every trendy or farm-to-table restaurant menu and are a magnificent addition to salads and main dishes.
In addition to their rich, deep, umami taste, beets and their juice are now being revered by both athletes and non-athletes alike as a health and performance booster.
Why all the attention on beets?
Red beets are high in betalains, a phytonutrient that has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and gives them their vibrant crimson color. Betalains lower homocysteine levels in blood that can promote clotting and plaque formation in the walls of arteries. Keeping homocysteine levels low protects against heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular diseases. Yellow beets are rich in xanthin pigment, a carotenoid that provides the yellow-orange color.
All beets are high in folate (prevents birth defects) and are also a good source of manganese, potassium and copper — for only 60 calories a cup. Beets are also high in fiber, which helps keep your digestive tract happy and healthy.
Recent studies are focusing not on the beet but its juice and how it might aid athletic performance. Studies confirm it has the potential to enhance exercise endurance and improves muscle oxygenation in exercise. That’s important because increasing oxygen to exercising muscles is a key limiting factor in exercise performance…..
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Source: Herald

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