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Don't discard the leafy tops! They are rich in vitamin C and make a boring green salad rainbow bright. The purple roots get their deep colour from the betalain pigment which has potent anti-inflammatory properties an abundance of health benefits. Hardy and easy to grow. ____________________________________________________________________

Nutritional Benefits Source of phytonutrients such as betalain (red pigment of beets) and betacyanin, fiber, manganese and potassium.

The green leaves are rich in calcium, iron and Vitamin A & C.

Potential health benefits

- Lowers blood pressure from naturally occurring nitrates that helps to relax and dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure

- Betacyanin acts an anti-oxidant which scavenge free radicals that can cause aging and cancer

- Betalain supports the body natural detoxification processes by stimulating enzyme function in the liver

- Counteracts anaemia due to high amounts of iron and Vitamin C assists with the absorption

Kathryn Batty Holistic Nutritionist BHSc (Nut Med) Mindful & Co Cronulla