Beets, Beta vulgaris, have a number of properties that support good health. According to The Ohio State University, beets are rich in minerals and vitamins, such as iron and vitamin C. Just one beet can deliver:
- 22% daily value (DV) of folate
- 9% DV of fiber
- 8% DV of potassium
Although many people suggest that those properties should and could relate directly to skin health, there’s no current direct clinical research to back this up.
- acne treatment
- skin brightening
Because beets are high in vitamin C, some consider beets to be good for the skin, even suggesting that they can protect from signs of aging, such as wrinkles.
According to Oregon State University, both topical and dietary vitamin C have beneficial effects on skin cells. Vitamin C is found in both the outer layer of your skin, called the epidermis, and the layer of skin under your epidermis, called the dermis. The dermis contains:
- nerve endings
- hair follicles
- sweat glands
Vitamin C is also found in anti-aging skin care products because of its:
- antioxidant properties
- role in collagen synthesis
- help in repairing and preventing dry skin
Because of vitamin C’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used in the treatments of conditions such as acne.
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- manage cardiovascular disease
- reduce blood pressure
- lower inflammation
- prevent oxidative stress
- enhance athletic performance
Some of the health value of beets may be due to the fact that they’re rich in dietary nitrates. Your body converts those nitrates into nitric oxide, a vital molecule that impacts many aspects of health, including helping blood vessels dilate for proper blood flow which may result in:
- better brain function
- lower blood pressure
- improved exercise performance
- Beets are also known as blood turnips.
- A combination of beet juice and salt brine are used by many communities, such as in Cincinnati, Ohio, to control ice on roads. According to the Washington DC Department of Public Works, an environmentally safe salt brine/beet juice mixture creates a chemical reaction that helps keep the salt on the road surface.
- Beet juice is used throughout the world as a natural red or pink dye for processed foods.
- Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable.
- According to the University of Montevallo, after consuming beets, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults in the United States experience urine turning pink or red. It’s also possible for beet consumption to add red color into your bowel movements.
- Although red beets are the most common, beets can also be white, gold, or striped with red and white.
- Beets belong to the Chenopod family that also includes spinach and quinoa.