Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman stated that beets, which contain many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, phosphate and potassium, have very important benefits from protecting against cancer and reducing hypertension. . Because a tuber of about 136 grams of red beet contains 106 mg of sodium. This shows that its excessive consumption can be risky. Also, diabetics should not consume excessively since there is 9 grams of sugar in a 136 gram beet ”.
Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman explained the 5 benefits of red beet and wrote the recipes for her pickles, salads and chips …
1- Strengthens immunity
The cells of the immune system need vitamin C to function. In times of infection and stress, the concentration of vitamin C in the plasma begins to decrease rapidly. Made works; It points out the importance of adequate vitamin C intake in the reduction of respiratory tract infection symptoms and in the short duration of the disease. Red beet helps strengthen the immune system thanks to its vitamin C content.
2- Improves cognitive functions
As the blood flow to the brain slows down with advancing age, cognitive functions gradually decrease. Decreased blood supply to brain cells is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Since the decrease in the amount of nitric oxide in our body can disrupt the blood flow to the brain and cellular communication in the brain, if this condition becomes chronic, it causes brain damage and impairment in cognitive functions. Thanks to the conversion of the nitrate contained in red beet to nitric oxide in the body, it plays an important role in the blood supply of the brain and the most efficient execution of cognitive functions.
3- Balances blood pressure
Nitrate taken with food is reduced to nitric oxide in the body, nitric oxide relaxes and relaxes the vessels. This improves blood circulation, lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure and kidney diseases. Studies conducted with hypertensive patients show that consumption of red beet juice (250 ml) not exceeding 1 glass of water per day significantly reduces blood pressure.
4- Protects the heart, fights cancer
Betalain, which gives red beet its purple color, also shows high antioxidant properties. Our body is exposed to harmful substances that can cause many diseases, from cancer to chronic heart failure, free radicals that come from the outside or created by itself every day. Thanks to the antioxidant properties of betalain in the content of red beet, it fights these free radicals and thanks to this feature, it protects the heart and fights cancer. In addition, betalain, which is found in red beets, protects against heart diseases by reducing the level of homocysteine in plasma, which causes heart diseases.
5- It regulates the digestive system
Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman “A medium sized red beet contains about 4 grams of dietary pulp and thus protects our intestines and prevents problems such as constipation, indigestion and bloating by regulating bowel movements. In addition, adequate pulp consumption is protective against colon cancer, ”he says.