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The benefits of beet root on Nov 8th 2010 07:12 pm

Daniel Kim-Shapiro and his team from the Translational Science Center have found that beet juice can improve blood flow to the brain in the elderly. Kim-Shapiro’s study featured 14 participants over the age of 70 who were assigned high- or low-nitrate diets. The high-nitrate diets featured a healthy dose of beet juice. The final MRIs of the subjects discovered the increased blood flow levels. This is helpful for bring oxygen to previously-lacking regions, especially the frontal lobe, which deteriorates with age and is responsible for dementia and similar disorders.This is hardly the first time that beets have been noticed for their health benefits. Parents have been pushing them into their children’s plates for generations, and in ancient times, beets were used as a treatment for fevers and constipation. The root is a source of rare phytonutrients known as betalains, including betanin and vulgaxanthin, which have antioxidant, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets contribute lutein and zeaxanthin to the diettwo carotenids which combat age-related vision problems. More recent studies have found evidence that the beet’s betanin pigments lessen the growth of tumor cells. Beet juice has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Continue Reading »

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