Native to the Mediterranean, beet (Beta Vulgaris) became popular in the 19th century when it was found that it was a concentrated source of sugar and was used in the first sugar factory in Poland, the leaves have been eaten in pre-historic times but its the root of the beet that is used for its medicinal properties.
Beet can be described as having a ruby red colour and is known as beet-root in some countries across the world and can be eaten either by cooking as a vegetable, boiled, grilled, used to make juice among others. The leaves can also be eaten and also be boiled or steamed too.
Beet or beet-root a member of the goosefoot family is popularly used to treat many health conditions, in other words, just consuming the juice two or three times weekly can improve your health, it is an excellent source of folic acid which is important for the body in many ways but most importantly pregnant women, because it protects the baby from neural birth defects, so it is essential especially in the early stages. It is enriched with magnanese, iron, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B, vitamin C, sodium, beta-carotene and is low in calorie.
Beet have been popularly used for centuries to cleanse the blood, studies have been shown that beet acts as a viagra so its very useful especially for men as it contains boron which is responsible for the production of human sexual hormones, it is also known to lower blood pressure, protects the heart against diseases, prevents cancers like breast, colon, prostate, stomach, nerve and lung, prevents eye disease, diabetes and heals wounds quickly and boosts energy levels.
Beet has been mentioned on the popular Television show, Dr Oz, the doctor himself back the many benefits of this very red vegetable and it can be found canned or freshly picked on supermarket shelves or market place.