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Naturopathy - Food & Diet
Written by Dr. N. Senthil Kumar   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 18:25

Health Benefits of BeetrootHealth Benefits of Beetroot

The beetroot, also known as the table beet, garden beet, red beet or informally simply as beet, is one of the many cultivated varieties of beets (Beta vulgaris) and arguably the most commonly encountered variety in North America and Britain.

Modern varieties of beets are derived from the sea beet, an inedible plant that grows wild along the coasts of Europe, North Africa and Asia. The garden beet has been cultivated for thousands of years.

In ancient Greece, beets were so highly valued that, according to myth, a beet was offered on a silver platter to Apollo at Delphi. Today, beets are grown in many regions of the world.

Nutrients in beetroot

Beet greens are very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C. Beetroots are excellent source of folic acid. They are also very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. Beet greens and beetroot are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6. Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beetroot it s color and has powerful antioxidant properties.

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