Magic of Beetroots
known as beetroot in many areas of the world, seem to be one of those vegetables
you either love or hate. Beets, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, are native
to the Mediterranean. Although the leaves have been eaten since before written
history, the beet root was generally used medicinally and did not become a popular
food until French chefs recognized their potential in the 1800's.
rich maroon flesh of this root vegetable is naturally sweet and nutritious. As
an added bonus, the green leafy part of the beetroot contains antioxidants such
beta-carotene and other carotenoids. This part of the beet also contains lots
of folate, iron, potassium and some vitamin C.
Root is a wonderful cleansing and nourishing tonic that builds the blood, particularly
improving the blood quality for menstruating women. It also normalizes the blood's
pH balance (reducing acidity) and purifies the blood by flushing away fatty deposits
and improving circulation.
Further supporting its role as a blood purifier,
Beet Root has been used to detoxify the liver and spleen and help to treat many
liver ailments, including jaundice, cirrhosis and other liver diseases. Some herbalists
use it to treat liver problems induced by alcoholism.
Beet Root is a great
source of natural fruit sugar that is unlike cane sugar, which must be converted
by digestive enzymes for the body to absorb it. Beet Root is already in a more
easily assimilated form and is an energy creator and source of vitality to the
human body. Beet Root is believed to be helpful in cases of hypoglycemia.
anti-cancer and anti-tumor breakthroughs have been demonstrated with the use of
Beet Root. Beetroot has for many years been used as a treatment for cancer in
Europe. Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red coloring matter which supposedly
helps fight against cancer and beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by
as much as 400 percent.
A very remarkable and successful program for reducing
and eliminating many different kinds of malignant growths was begun in the 1ate
1950s, in Hungary, by Dr. Ferenczi, who used raw, red Beet Roots, and further
clinical tests reported in the International Clinical Nutrition Review of 1986
claimed rapid tumor breakdown in lung cancer, cancer of prostate, breast and uterus
with the use of Beet Root. Apparently, Beet Root contains a tumor-inhibiting,
anti-cancerous active ingredient that some researchers think is the natural red
coloring agent, betaine, but it has not been definitively isolated. However, because
the root is non-toxic, it may be administered in unlimited quantities.
Root is believed to stimulate the bowel and has been used to relieve
Used externally, Beet Root is also considered a cleanser that removes accumulated
toxins from the body through the skin and has been used in poultices to draw poisons.
It is also said to be good for glandular swelling and sore throat.
fresh beets only if the leaf stems are still attached to insure ultimate freshness.
Avoid beets with scales or spots. Choose beets that are small and firm with deep
maroon coloring, unblemished skin, and bright green leaves with no sign of wilting.
The taproot should still be attached. Avoid large beets which have a hairy taproot.
All those tiny roots (hair) are an indication of age and toughness.
Try eating the leaves and stalk boiled or steam
and accompany with other more flavorsome veggies like green peppers and garlic.
Or chop finely and add to quiches or stir-fries. The Beet makes an appetizing
vegetable, plain boiled, stewed, or baked and a good pickle, and in Russia forms
an appetizing soup - called Bortsch - the red root in this case being made to
exude all its juice into a rich, white stock.