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Healthy Food – Beetroot

Beetroot is a dark red vegetable. Beetroot is a rich source of folate and manganese and also contains thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, betaine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium. Beets contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. Because of its high fibre content, beetroot helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in beetroot that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. As beetroots contain natural minerals like silica, it helps the body to utilize the calcium consumed in a proper way providing strength to bones.

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