Beets and beet juice reduces blood pressure significantly slow the growth of cancerous tumors and inhibit the development of dementia, according to the publication Daily Mail. This is the conclusion reached by scientists, based on the results of years of research.
Secret beet therapeutic action is that it contains a large amount of nitrate, almost 20 times greater than in other vegetables.
Australian and British scientists have carried out in 2010-2011, a number of studies and found that daily consumption of 500 ml of beetroot juice significantly lowers blood pressure. The transformation of nitrates by intestinal bacteria into nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens blood vessels, thereby allowing blood to circulate more freely, improves the condition of hypertensive patients.
More widespread use of beet juice, according to doctors, could reduce deaths from heart disease by 10 percent.
Beetroot has been very useful for athletes thanks to all the same nitrates. Interaction with other antioxidants found in fruits, reduces the amount of oxygen required muscles. This increases greatly the physical endurance.
And researchers at Wake Forest University in Florida found that beet slows the progression of insanity. This is due to the fact that nitric oxide increases the blood flow to the brain, as the authors. Also, beet contains much folic acid in a way that protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
Finally, the pigment which gives a distinctive bright color beets - betatsianin, is a powerful antioxidant with anti-cancer properties. The study, conducted by researchers from the U.S., found that betatsianin slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells and breast cancer by 12.5 percent.