Beetroot contains folate, potassium and manganese. It is believed the red pigmentation contains certain anti-cancer agents and beetroot has been used in the treatment of cancer for some years. Beetroot is also hepatoprotective. In animal tests, it has been used effectively to keep fat from depositing in the liver, due probably to the herb’s concentration of betaine. Indian medicine has long used it as a treatment for coughs and infections.
Beet root also increases gastric juices, which brings moisture to the intestines. This action supports gut health by helping to prevent dryness, which can lead to impaction colic.
Beetroot is naturally high in nitrates, a compound made up of oxygen and nitrogen. Through a series of reactions within the body, nitrates are converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide causes the muscle cells in blood vessels to relax and widen (vasodilation) which in turn, improves blood flow and allows more oxygen rich blood to reach cells in the body.