What Are The Health Benefits of Beetroot

Delicious and versatile

Beetroot is a delicious, versatile vegetable that is packed with nutrients and a great source of fibre, folate manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C.

It can be roasted, blended into soups, grated for salads or juiced. The leaves can be used also like chard or chopped into salads.

Beet also includes nitrates, making them heart friendly by relaxing and dilating blood vessels. This improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure and increases exercise performance.

Beetroot is full of nutrients including:

  • Folate: Is essential for normal tissue growth, cell function and especially for pregnant women.
  • Manganese: An essential trace element for normal brain function, balanced nervous system and healthy bones.
  • Potassium: Is an electrolyte important in lowering blood pressure, normal kidney function and muscle and bone health.
  • Iron: Is needed to transport oxygen in red blood cells. It also supports the immune system and brain development.
  • Vitamin C: Is a strong antioxidant that supports the immune system, heart health and skin.

My favourite recipe for beetroot is a Beetroot and Apple Salad.

Simple and so wholesome, its a quick and easy dish to prepare.

  • 1 Raw beetroot grated (or finely chopped cooked beetroot).
  • 1 Dessert apple, peeled and grated.
  • Zest of 1 lemon.
  • Small bunch of mint finely chopped.
  • A good twist of black pepper.
  • A punch of Himalayan salt.
  • (Optional: toasted almond flakes)

Mix all the ingredients well and drizzle with a glut of extra olive oil.

Wendy Moxely

Wendy is our in store Nutritional Therapist in our Wexford store.

Although beetroot is delicious, it’s not to everyone’s taste. Taking a supplement of beetroot in a capsule form is an ideal substitute, especially if you want to get it in a more concentrated form. Beetroot juice is also available and a great way to get it every day.

Ask in store for advise.