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Low on calories, beets are rich in folate (vitamin b9), magnesium, sodium, potassium and betaine. They also contain vitamin C and B-complex vitamins.
In addition, the green leafy tops of most beets can be cooked as well and taste similar to spinach. These contain fair amounts of vitamins A, C and K.
Health Benefits of Beets
1. Fighting heart disease: Beets are rich in folic acid (folate) which reduces the incidence of heart diseases by keeping homocysteine in check.
2. Healthy Pregnancy: Folic acid in beets also helps during pregnancy by reducing the possibilities of birth defects, especially neural tube defects.
3. Lowers death from Alzheimers: The folate content of beets proves to be a very beneficial vitamin. It has been studied that Alzheimer’s patients have little or no folate in their body, indicating that beets are a dietary necessity.
4. Detox: A number of health magazines expound on the healing properties of beet juice. These claims are undoubtedly substantiated considering the contents of beets. Historically, beets have been used by various cultures for their cleansing properties.
5. Cell Regeneration: Beets, especially beetroot, can help increase cell regeneration.
6. Liver protection: Betaine, whose presence in beetroot, protects the liver from the buildup of fatty deposits. Beets (beetroots) in particular are recommended for alcoholics, people with low protein intake and diabetics.
7. Lowering blood pressure: Beets are rich in nitrates which aid in vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) which results in decreasing the blood pressure and increasing blood circulation.
8. Exercise: Studies indicate that consuming beetroot juice a few hours before exercise increases performance significantly.
Asparagus has been a part of the human diet for over 10,000 years owing to its richness in various vitamins and minerals.
Asparagus is rich in folate, potassium, vitamins C and K. It contains a fair amount of antioxidants and B-complex vitamins.
For the weight-conscious, asparagus is a perfect addition to the dietary intake as it is very low in calories while containing healthy amounts of essential nutrients.
Health Benefits of Asparagus
1. Detox: Due to it fibre content, cooked asparagus helps increase bowel movements and acts as a laxative. Along with its watery juices, cooked asparagus helps in dissolving uric acid deposits. This cleanses the body of toxins and waste.
2. Reduces fatigue: Asparagus contains substances that act as a diuretic. This helps in detoxification, helping expunge ammonia from the body. This helps in reducing fatigue.
3. Strengthening blood vessels: Substances in asparagus can prevent the rupture of small blood vessels.
4. Production of Collagen: The rich vitamin C content enhances the bodies production of collagen. This is a necessity as it is one of the body’s major structural component of connective tissue.
5. Reduced risk of heart disease: Asparagus is rich in folate (vitamin B9) which helps in keeping homocysteine, a chemical that’s linked to cardiovascular disease, in check.
6. Alzheimer’s disease (prevention): Patients who die of Alzheimer’s disease have lesser folate levels indicating that asparagus can help reduce Alzheimer’s related deaths.
7. Reduce Hypertension: Asparagus is good for those suffering from hypertension (when the sodium in blood is much higher than potassium) as it contains a healthy amount of potassium.
8. Healthy pregnancy: Asparagus is particularly recommended for pregnant women as the rich folate content helps reduce the risk of birth defects such as neural tube defects in babies.
9. Healthy skin: The presence of anitoxidants helps keep the skin healthy. Blemishes on the face can be removed by washing the face with water from boiled asparagus.
Additional benefits: Asparagus contains vitamins, minerals and other substances that could help in reducing the risk of cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis and aid in relieving PMS symptoms.
If you need any help growing asparagus, feel free to get in touch with us, we’re always keen on helping our fellow organic gardeners :). You can get asparagus seeds at Sweet Corn Organic Nursery.