5 – Beetroot for anemia
Are beets high in iron?
Although beets are not exceptionally high in iron, beetroot as well as beetroot leaves are still a good source of iron and beetroot consumption can help in improving haemoglobin (red blood cell) levels. Low levels of the iron-rich protein haemoglobin can result in anaemia, which is associated with fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and headaches. The iron in beetroot can play a part in reducing fatigue associated with iron-deficient anemia, and beetroot also increases the amount of nitrate in the bloodstream. This helps to boost stamina by reducing the amount of oxygen required by muscles.
Beetroot is an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9), an essential nutrient for red blood cell production. Oxygen is carried by the red blood cells to all parts of the body and blood not enough oxygen is carried to all the organs and tissues when you have anemia. A folic acid deficiency can lead to megaloblastic anemia, a result of having larger than normal red blood cells, and as a consequence too few of these cells.
Can you eat beetroot leaves?
The beetroot greens should not be discarded; they are incredibly nutrient-rich, and can be prepared and eaten in the same way as spinach.