This brightly hued, cleansing superfood is a staple in any diet. Find out why you should be turning up the 'beet'…
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Beets are a part of the chenopod family, which also includes the strange array of superfoods spinach, quinoa and Swiss chard. This food family contains unique nutrients that are seldom found in other fruits and vegetables. Rich in betalain pigments, carotenoids and other phytonutrients, beets may help protect against heart disease, birth defects, certain cancers and even anemia. They’re also filled to the brim with antioxidants, which have been shown to keep your eyes and your nerves in tip-top shape.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT:
Beets are reported to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body, which may reduce the risk of colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate and testicular cancers. They also contain bright betalin pigments that trigger glutathione, a key detoxifying antioxidant, to go into action at the liver. Betalin pigments also trigger phase-two detoxification in the liver, neutralizing harmful toxins for safe and efficient elimination – meaning that beets are a key food to eat for ongoing cleansing.