Beetroots contain potent antioxidants and nutrients, including Vitamin A, Thiamine (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Niacin (Vit. B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vit. B9), Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron. Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Boron and Betaine (which may protect against liver disease).
Research has shown that drinking 500 ml of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure within an hour (which helps to prevent heart and circulation problems). The effects are even more noticeable after three or four hours, and can still be measured up to 24 hours later. At Exeter University, scientists have found that drinking 500 ml beetroot juice several hours before exercise, increases staying power for 20 per cent longer than drinking the same amount of blackcurrant juice.
So unless you really don’t like harmless red coloured urine, drink lots of beetroot juice – it’s good for you! Try mixing it with pear or apple and wild juices!
Also thickly sow beetroot seed in a flat bed and, when it sprouts, cut it as a delicious “cut and come again” addition to salads. Power sprouts!