Beets are an iconic Passover food, mentioned in the Gemara (Pesachim 114b) as one of the two foods partaken at the seder by Rav Huna. They are seen in many traditional recipes, from borscht to homemade chrein.
- Beets are rich in nitrates, which aids in circulation and can improve blood pressure.
- Beets contain betaine and folate which can lower your risk of heart disease.
- Eating beets can help athletes improve endurance and stamina thanks to the nitrates found inside.
- The nitrates in beets improve blood flow to the brain, especially the frontal lobe, a region known to be involved with executive functioning skills like focus, organization, and attention to detail.
- The betaine in beets, a natural detoxifier, can help reduce and prevent fatty liver.
- The antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in beets can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. They may even help in the fight against chronic disease.
- Beets are a fiber rich food, which is great for digestion and reducing constipation.