Beet (Beta vulgaris) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™

Beet - body detoxification, effective cancer treatment, lower blood pressureBeet (Beta vulgaris) is a vegetable with unique properties established by scientists. 100 grams of a beet contains 0.8 mg of iron, 335 mg potassium, 25 mg of magnesium, vitamins B1, B2, niacin, B6, B12, C, soluble and insoluble health fibers. Beets improve digestion and assimilation of many useful substances; support haemopoiesis, improve immune protection of the body. One of the beet components - betaine stimulates liver functions, promotes its regeneration and plays an important role in detoxification of the body. The roots and leaves have medicinal uses.

The Romans used beetroot as a treatment for fevers and constipation, amongst other ailments. Apicius in De re coquinaria gives five recipes for soups to be given as a laxative, three of which feature the root of beet. Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds.

Beet Juice

Beet juice can help lower blood pressure. Research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension showed drinking

500ml of beetroot juice led to a reduction in blood pressure within one hour.

The reduction was more pronounced after three to four hours, and was measurable up to 24 hours after drinking the juice.

Since Roman times, beetroot juice has been considered an aphrodisiac. It is a rich source of the mineral boron, which plays an important role in the production of human sex hormones. Field Marshal Montgomery is reputed to have exhorted his troops to 'take favours in the beetroot fields', an euphemism for visiting prostitutes. From the Middle Ages, beetroot was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions, especially illnesses relating to digestion and the blood. Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of 'garlic-breath'.

Beetroot has been used as a treatment for cancer in Europe for several centuries. The high content of betanin in red beetroot may be the explanation for the purpoted effects of beets.

The Hungarian cancer specialist Ferenczi recommended beetroot juice as an effective cancer treatment. Recent scientific research has shown that beetroot can inhibit tumour growth and has antioxidant properties that may help to prevent cancer in the first place. Today the beetroot is still championed as a universal panacea.

Beet is a protective antioxidant

The color of red/purple beetroot is due to a variety of betalain pigments, unlike most other red plants, such as red cabbage, which contain anthocyanin pigments. The composition of different betalain pigments can vary, giving breeds of beetroot which are yellow or other colors in addition to the familiar deep red. Some of the betalains in beets are betanin, isobetanin, probetanin, and neobetanin (the red to violet ones are known collectively as betacyanin). Other pigments contained in beet are indicaxanthin and vulgaxanthins (yellow to orange pigments known as betaxanthins). Indicaxanthin has been shown as a powerful protective antioxidant for thalassemia, as well as prevents the breakdown of alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Betacyanin in beetroot may cause red urine in some people who are unable to break it down. This is called beeturia.

The pigments are contained in cell vacuoles. Beetroot cells are quite unstable and will 'leak' when cut, heated, or when in contact with air or sunlight. This is why red beetroots leave a purple stain. Leaving the skin on when cooking, however, will maintain the integrity of the cells and therefore minimise leakage.

Beet (Beta vulgaris) is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™