Beta vulgaris otherwise known as table beet, garden beet and red beet is commonly used in North America, Central America and Britain. Although the red tuber of the plant is most commonly used, the leafy green portion of the plant is edible and is eaten in the same way as spinach.|
Used since Roman times, it was cultivated for medicinal purposes rather than food to treat a range of conditions such as fevers, constipation, wounds and skin problems. The active elements in the plant are unaffected by cooking, so it can either be taken cooked or raw as a juice.
Beetroot provides rich source of antioxidants, and nutrients such as magnesium, sodium, potassium, Vitamin C and betaine, which is important in cardiac health. Betaine works in conjunction with other nutrients to reduce the harmful effects of homocysteine which is harmful to blood vessels and is a contributory factor in the development of heart disease and stroke.
Studies have shown that beetroot juice is useful in lowering high blood pressure. Research in the American Heart Disease journal found that the effects of drinking 500mls of juice led to a reduction in blood pressure within an hour and this was sustained for up to 24 hours. The juice has been found to have a beneficial effect on exercise and performance.
Beetroot is also high in iron and silicic acid where it contributes to the regeneration of red blood cells. It is believed that beetroot juice is an oxygen catalyser which has anti- cancer properties. It has also been found to assist the liver in breaking down stored fats and is of value for the management of cellulite and obesity.
Beetroot & Pomegranate Juice
Blend 100mls orange juice, 100mls of Pomegranate juice and 1 cooked beetroot for a refreshing and stamina-boosting drink.
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Keeping Your Heart Healthy
The collective term for the heart and functions is "the cardiovascular system". Contained within this system is the heart which is the body’s muscular pump, responsible for transporting the body’s total volume of 5 litres of blood around the body once every minute. The heart pumps blood around two circuits of blood vessels: the main circuit circulates blood containing oxygen, vital nutrients and hormones to every cell in the body; the second circuit carries blood to the lungs where oxygen is absorbed and the waste product of carbon dioxide is removed and blood is returned to the heart.|
The heart is approximately the size of a clenched fist and is a muscular organ which is constantly pumping without rest.
Positioned slightly left of centre in the chest, the heart is divided in two halves, each containing an upper chamber known as a atrium and a lower chamber, known as a ventricle...more
Recipe: Aduki Bean Hotpot
Nutrients: Vitamins C, E, B1, folate, beta carotene, potassium, copper, phosphorus, iron, zinc and manganese.|
Soak the beans overnight in cold water, Drain put in a pan and cover with water.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Drain.
Put all the ingredients into a large casserole dish with water to cover.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190C/375F/gas mark 5 for 1 & a half hours
Source: (Natural Wonderfoods)
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