I know many people are not a big fan of beets, but as one of natures best detoxifiers, I hope this post encourages you to eat more beets. From the root to the greens, you can use the whole vegetable.
Betalains are a very unique phytonutrient that are found in beets. They provide anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and detoxification support.
Typically, it is anthocyanins that get the recognition for the red and purple anti-oxidant benefits -- think purple cabbage. However, when it comes to beets, it is the betalain that gives them their super powers. Manganese and Vitamin C are also found in beets and when combined with the betalain you get a very powerful vegetable.
Beets are an excellent source of fibre and B-Vitamins, specifically choline. Choline is linked to reducing inflammation in the cardiac system. When the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of beets are combined, you have a vegetable that is a real powerhouse when it comes to the ability to reduce many types of cancer.
Detoxification is another health benefit of beets, particularly, support is seen with the Phase 2 detoxification process. It is during this phase that unwanted toxins are neutralized by combining with glutathione and made water soluble so that they can be excreted through urine. If you are someone who is vigilant about reducing the toxic load in your body, beets are a must in your diet.
Beet and Goat Cheese Hummus via A Beautiful Mess
Salted Roasted Beet Salad via Alexandra's Kitchen
Big Batch of Oven-Steam Beets - via Amy Dickerson