Beetroot is one of the best foods for maintaining optimum liver function. By stimulating liver enzymes and thinning the bile, allowing it to move freely through the liver and the small intestine, beetroot improves the rate at which toxins are eliminated from the body.
Pectin, a type of fibre found in beets, also promotes detoxification, by cleaning toxins removed by the liver and allowing them to be flushed out of the body and not reabsorbed. Betaine, the antioxidant which gives beets their rich crimson colour, is vital for helping the liver process fats and contains fungicidal properties. It also lessens the risk of coronary disease and reduces inflammation throughout the body.
A Cure-all Remedy
Since ancient times, beets have been used to treat several health conditions such as anemia, ulcers, constipation and kidney ailments. Beetroot fibre has been shown to increase the level of antioxidant enzymes in the body, (specifically one called glutathione peroxidase), as well as increase the number of white blood cells, which are responsible for detecting and eliminating abnormal cells. Beets are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract.
How to Use
There are many ways to incorporate beets into your diet. Beets are delicious steamed or baked, but they can also be grated raw for salads, or juiced. Don't forget to include the greens, which are loaded with nutrients. They are best lightly steamed.