Beets/Greens = Blood Builders

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Beets/Greens = Blood Builders

“Beets (not ironically) good for the blood!

Think of beets as red spinach. Just like Popeye’s powerfood, this crimson vegetable is one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower your blood levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory compound that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, the natural pigments—called betacyanins—that give beets their color have been proved to be potent cancer fighters in laboratory mice.

Beet greens are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.

While the root has some of the minerals in its greens to a lesser degree, it is also a remarkable source of choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, fiber and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugars.

Beet greens have a higher iron content than spinach and are known as excellent blood builders.  In Chinese medicine they are believed to nourish the blood, tonify the heart, calm the spirit, lubricate the intestines, and cleanse the liver.  Beet greens are highly effective in treating many ailments caused by our every day toxic surroundings.

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/best_healthy_foods/Beet.php#ixzz2JIWDnmbH

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