Beets for Weight Loss
Beetroot or more commonly known as beets contain betaine, which promotes regeneration of liver cells and the metabolism of fat cells. Beet consumption will help to support the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder, influencing fat metabolism and helping to lower blood fat levels.
One of the general symptoms of a stressed liver is weight gain. A healthy functioning liver helps with weight loss by breaking down fats more efficiently.
Beets are rich in folate. Beets are a terrific source of potassium and manganese. They are a great source of copper, vitamin C,iron, magnesium and phosphorus. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber, and together with the beet’s liver protecting properties make this a useful weight loss food.
A study has also shown that consuming beetroot juice can boost stamina and could help extend exercising for as much as 16% longer. The nitrate found in beetroot juice results in a decrease in oxygen uptake, which makes exercise less tiring.
The nitrate has 2 physiological effects. To start with, it helps to widen the blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure and allows for better blood flow. Muscle tissue is also affected; the amount of oxygen required by muscles when exercising is reduced. The combined effects have a positive influence on performing physical tasks, regardless if it’s low or high intensity activity.