Grow well in most soil types, but it dislikes excessively alkaline or acid soil. Fertile soil is a must, so dig in or mulch with well-rotted compost prior to sowing.
can be harvested two ways: for #leaves
and for #roots
. Twist off the young leaves as you need them for #salads
and sandwiches, but only take a few from each plant or the roots will struggle to fatten up.
The roots can be harvested at any size that suits you, from ‘baby’ beets up to chunky tennis ball size. Don’t leave them in the ground for too long though, as they can become tough and woody.
Beetroot, also known as #beet
, has been gaining in popularity as a new super food due to recent studies claiming that beets and beetroot #juice
can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow, decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
A 2008 study tested the effects of ingesting 500 milliliters of beetroot juice in healthy volunteers and found that blood pressure was significantly lowered after ingestion.
Another study conducted in 2010 found similar results, concluding that drinking beetroot juice lowered blood pressure considerably on a dose-dependent basis.
Also blood flow to certain areas of the brain decrease with age and leads to a decline in cognition and possible #dementia
Consuming beetroot juice as part of a high nitrate #diet
can improve the blood flow and #oxygenation
to these areas that are lacking.
Beets contain an #antioxidant
known as alpha-lipoic acid, which may help lower glucose levels, increase #insulin
sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with #diabetes
Studies on alpha-lipoic acid have also shown a decrease in symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and autonomic #neuropathy
in people with diabetes.
More studies about this wonderful plant proveb is great as well on process like #digestion
, inflammation and #muscular #vitamins
#growyourfood #organic #vegetables
#growfromseeds #potgarden #urbanfarm