Both the roots and the greens are edible and highly nutritious. The roots are an excellent source of fibre, potassium and folic acid. Beetroot is also a rich source of beneficial nutrients like nitrate and betalain pigments.
Nitrate is not in itself beneficial for our health, but nitric oxide is. Our body converts nitrate from our food into nitric oxide, which is widely studied for its positive effect on our blood pressure and blood flow. The inner lining of our blood vessels uses nitric oxide to relax and dilate the blood vessels, resulting in a lower blood pressure and increased blood flow1.
Betalain is a group of reddish and yellowish pigments found in various fruits and vegetables. The name betalain is derived from the first part ´Beta´ in the Latin name Beta vulgaris, which represents the group of vegetables that we know as beetroot. Betanin is the pigment found in red beetroot and is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities1.
Queen Bee chose the variety of beetroot known as “Detroit” to make its crunchy organic beetroot slices because the Detroit variety is extra red from the higher level of these valuable pigments.
Potassium is an important nutrient that is required for a normal cell function in all tissues of our body. Potassium works closely together with sodium to regulate the fluid volume inside (potassium) and outside (sodium) of our cells. In this way potassium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure, normal functioning of the nervous system and normal muscle function2.
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Folate (Vit. B9) helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and has a positive influence on the immune system! Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that is naturally present in some foods. Folic acid is the unnatural form that is used in fortified foods and dietary supplements. This vitamin plays a role in cell division, blood formation and amino acid synthesis.
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1. Tom Clifford, Glyn Howatson. Et al., ´The potential Benefits of Red Beetroot Supplementation in Health and Disease´, 2015
2. Michael S. Stone, Lisa Martyn and Connie M. Weaver, ´Potassium intake, Bioavailability, Hypertension, and glucose control´, Nutrients. 2016