21 Healthiest Vegetables You Should Eat

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7. Beetroot

The beetroot, also known in North America as the table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet, or informally simply as the beet, is any of the cultivated varieties of beet (Beta vulgaris) grown for their edible taproots. Not only does it reduce the bad cholesterol, it is also beneficial for treating anemia.

Beetroot is an excellent source of folate and a good source of manganese and contains betaines, which may function to reduce the concentration of homocysteine. Why is beetroot so important and why should you try to reduce the concentrations of homocysteine in your body?

Well, high levels of homocysteine may be harmful to blood vessels and this can lead to all kinds of troubles. Homocysteine can cause the development of heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. We are only now, slowly beginning to understand the nature of homocysteine and its effect on the processes in our body, so keep an eye out for studies that are dealing with this interesting subject.

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