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.
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
Holistic Nutritionist BHSc (Nut Med)
Mindful & Co Cronulla