While not on the “healthy” radar until recently, beets were used for centuries in Russia and other Eastern European countries to make the traditional borscht soup. Perhaps beets are the secret behind the legendary Russian centenarians, because they contain…
A Plethora of Foundation Supplements
Beets are rich in several bone-healthy nutrients. Folate, Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium and copper are all Foundation Supplements that build and strengthen your bones.
If you have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you already know that folate is part of the Vitamin B-complex family and a vitamin essential for tissue growth.
Vitamin C is crucial to the production of collagen, a protein that maintains – among many other things – healthy bones and cartilage.
And manganese? This often ignored trace mineral is also necessary for the synthesis of connective tissue in cartilage and bone. Plus it is involved in many other important tasks, including the formation of thyroxine, the main hormone of the thyroid gland.
No less important is magnesium, as it works synergistically with calcium and plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid to insure the proper digestion of nutrients.
And last but not least, copper is active in an enzyme that produces tissue proteins, collagen, and elastin. Copper is also necessary for the development and maintenance of bone, joints, and skin. But that’s not all. Beets are…
Packed With Purifying Phytonutrients
The phytonutrient or pigment betaine is involved in several biological functions.1 One of them is the production of bile, a highly alkalizing liver fluid that plays a crucial role in digestion and nutrient absorption. Increasing bile flow helps cleanse the stored fat-soluble toxins out of the body.
Beets also contain betalains, unique pigments that support what is known as Phase 2 detoxification.2 This metabolic step is how cells get rid of unwanted toxins. It involves an enzyme that catalyzes a critical step of this process, and betalains trigger this specific enzyme activity.
Optimal liver function is a very important component of strong and healthy bones. That’s why I developed OsteoCleanse™: The Seven Day Osteoporosis Drug Cleanse to promote bone health in addition to protecting liver and kidney function while purging your body of stored toxins and acidifying osteoporosis drugs.
Even if you’ve never taken the osteoporosis drugs, your liver and kidneys are hard at work every minute of the day removing toxic chemicals and waste from the body. So I recommend that at least twice a year you restore your body’s balance with the OsteoCleanse™. You’ll have more energy, you’ll sleep better, and you’ll look younger.
Beets Help Reduce Stress
Who would have thought that this humble and alkalizing veggie can help prevent stress and anxiety? Beets contain uridine, a compound that aids in the maintenance of normal dopamine levels.3
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates emotional responses and controls the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program,
“Stress is an acidifying process because of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands when your body is under stress.”
Oxalates in Beets?
Yes, but mostly in the beet greens. So go ahead and enjoy the brightly colored root without any worries of it interfering with calcium absorption.
Buying and Storing Beets
Stick to small or medium-sized beets, with smooth skin and deep color. Avoid those with bruises or soft areas since they are signs of spoilage. Cut the greens, leaving approximately one to two inches to prevent “bleeding”.
Store unwashed in a plastic bag squeezing as much air out as possible. They can stay fresh for up to three weeks.
It’s Easy to Steam Beets!
It’s more than easy – it’s better, because steaming maximizes nutrient availability. Simply wash them well and place them whole in your steamer over rapidly boiling water.
Cover and steam for 15 minutes or till you can easily insert a fork.
My Favorite Summer Beet Recipe
Nothing beats a fresh salad on a hot summer day! Try my Blushing Beauty Salad. I’m sure you’ll love it.
Blushing Beauty Salad
2 beets, cooked and thinly sliced
6 romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 fresh peaches, peeled and cubed
Fresh parsley, to taste and chopped
1/4 cup almonds, sliced or chopped
Optional: 2 teaspoons goat cheese, crumbled
Place all ingredients except almonds and cheese in a large bowl. Toss well and serve with your favorite vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle with almonds and the optional cheese.
2 Strack D et al. “Recent advances in betalain research.” Phytochemistry. Volume 62, Issue 3, February 2003, Pages 247-269
3 Wang L et al. “Dietary uridine-5’-monophosphate supplementation increases potassium-evoked dopamine release and promotes neurite outgrowth in aged rats.” Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 2005;27(1):137-45.