When Sonny and Cher recorded "The Beat Goes On" in 1967, did they know that beets are a standout vegetable packed with phytonutrients and complex vitamins that reduce body-wide inflammation and support a healthy cardiovascular system?
Probably not. But it's true.
If you're old enough to remember that song, you're at the time of life when you're thinking a bit more about your heartbeat than you did back in 1967.
Because we want you to take charge of your health, we'll keep “pounding a rhythm to your brain” (as Cher crooned), and it goes like this: The heart beats on, if the beet goes on ... your menu, that is!
Beets (also called beetroot) are a terrific source of folate and other B vitamins, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.
And beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates, which improve blood flow throughout the brain, heart and muscles.
A popular Ukrainian treat for Central and Eastern European athletes has always been borscht, which has a beet juice base.
Today in the West, juices, powders, and beet-infused beverages are being touted as super-energy drinks that boost athletic performance.
But be careful and READ LABELS! Some beet juices and powders can act as vasodilators, which means they open up blood vessels. This would be contraindicated for people taking erectile dysfunction drugs or who had certain medical conditions.
Make your first choice the natural veggie and juices, and remember: The heart beats on ... when the beet goes on your dinner plate or into your blender.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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