The beets fall under the same family as chards and spinach. Beets’ leaves are bitter in taste like chard but are rich in chlorophyll. Though bitter, these greens have higher nutritional content as compared to the roots. Both beetroot and beet greens are very powerful cleansing and building agents of the blood. Betacyanin is what a phytochemical found in beets that give it its rich amethyst shade that markedly reduces homocysteine level.
Beets: nutritional values
Beets are rich in many vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C. The beet greens have higher amounts of iron than spinach and they are also great source of Ca (calcium), Mg (magnesium), Cu (copper), P (phosphorus), Na (sodium) and Fe (iron). While the sweet beetroots have some of the nutrients in its greens in a little amount, it is also a noteworthy source of Cl (chlorine), folic acid, (I) iodine, Mn (manganese), organic sodium, K (potassium), fibers and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugar.
Its iron content, although not very rich, is of the highest and finest quality. This, in turn, makes beets as excellent food for blood building. Again, this renders it highly effective to treat many ailments those are because of toxic environment and surroundings.
The research brought out in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension on the 4th February 2008 revealed that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice once in a day can help reducing the blood pressure levels in a natural way. Researchers noticed a reduction in blood pressure in volunteers after just an hour of drinking ½ liter of beetroot juice. This reduction was further pronounced after 3-4 hr and up till 24 hr after drinking the beet root juice.