Discover the benefits of beetroot for the skin.
If I talk to you about beets, you probably won’t be very clear about what I mean.
Now, if I tell you that today we are going to deal in depth with THE BEET, of which we will analyze properties of an essential food to maintain skincare, that is another story.
Well, that is exactly what you will find in this post.
A complete description of the healthy properties of this food that is so common in our gastronomy and at the same time so particular.
To quickly put aside technicalities, we will point out that we are talking about the species Beta Vulgaris L., a plant descendant of the Amaranthaceae family, which is believed to come from Italy.
First cousin of another wild, medicinal and non-edible species, in this case, called Beta Marítima L. whose origin is also located in the seas of southern Europe as well as North Africa.
We can find beetroot in different varieties, among which the white beetroot and the red beetroot stand out, although both are widely consumed, of which we take advantage of both the root and the leaves, the red beetroot is the one that we normally find for daily consumption and the white is usually destined for the production of sugar or cattle feed.
Beet was already consumed in remote times, although it is from the nineteenth century when it began to be used more exclusively for the sugar industry and in the extraction of alcohol.
As it is known, the skin reflects a large part of the diseases that our body can suffer from, both internally and externally, however, the benefits that this vegetable offers our skin go far beyond general health, since certain specific effects must be highlighted, among which we can highlight the following.
Because beetroot has significant water content, it is recommended to consume it daily to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.
The exfoliation of the skin is not only achieved by rubbing certain elements on the skin, because the food we consume also intervenes in this process, in this case, the beet also helps to eliminate dead cells that can clog the pores.
One of the main tasks of antioxidants is to combat free radicals that accelerate the appearance of signs of aging, such as sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Being a source of vitamin C, beetroot also serves to prevent skin imperfections, especially in terms of its pigmentation, which means that it is of great help to reduce or prevent the appearance of spots caused by injuries. or by the effects of sunlight.
It is when we talk about health that the red beet subtracts prominence from the white one. And that is why we are going to dedicate this space to talk about it and nine of its properties to maintain your health.
One of the first virtues you will find when looking for what beet consumption can help you with will be related to the adjective anti-cancer.
Please, let’s always be cautious with these types of statements and read with an open mind and criteria. We are facing a food with exceptional properties but not magic, the virtue of performing miracles does not have it.
Attributing this almost miraculous power comes thanks to its great richness in flavonoids, mainly betaine, the red pigment so characteristic of beets.
Some studies say that its consumption inhibits and prevents the appearance of tumors.
The truth is that it is a very beneficial food for our body and a powerful antioxidant and eating a diet rich and abundant in fruits and vegetables is favorable to the disease and its delay or appearance.
Antioxidants are responsible for eliminating free radicals from the body, neutralizing them and thus preventing them from damaging organs such as kidneys, liver, heart… So far from miraculous potions, let us be aware of the daily importance of nutrition when it comes to prevention.
Here the data is precise, and it is that for every 100 grams of beet we find 0.8 mg. of iron.
In addition to being a great source of vitamin C, which increases iron absorption.
Although there are other foods with more iron, its richness in folic acid makes it the quintessential food to treat these deficiencies.
This makes beets the perfect ally in cases of anemia. Thanks to its large amount of folates (folic acid) vitamin B9, is a vitamin that is only found in vegetables and that is essential when it comes to producing red blood cells.
When we have red blood cell deficiency we are facing megaloblastic anemia.
As a piece of advice, when synthesizing iron better, it is advisable to mix this food with another that contains vitamin C to increase the bioavailability of iron (for example, adding a few drops of lemon juice to beetroot or another food rich in iron).
On the contrary, and although it sounds contradictory, its consumption is not recommended together with other foods rich in iron in cases of anemia, since they would “steal” minerals from each other and would have the opposite effect, it is advisable to consume it together with foods rich in calcium to avoid these unwanted effects.
Its consumption is also interesting in women with abundant menstruation, during pregnancy, or in recent births, where the contribution of iron is even more necessary.
Thanks to its high content of folic acid, B9, is a wonderful vitamin to keep the good health of nails, skin, and hair at bay, with rejuvenating effects, thus making them look healthy and strong.
In addition, antidepressant properties are attributed to it. Are you encouraging yourself to try it, right?
A simple trick to be able to remove the dye from the skin in a natural way is to rub your hands with the white part of an orange peel, rinse with water and that’s it!
If by accident you have ended up with a beetroot stain on your clothes, you will have no choice but to treat the stain quickly, soaking and washing it with detergent, leaving it to soak if it does not work, and/or treating it with solutions based on bleach or bleach.
In general, no alterations caused by the consumption of beets have been described, although people with delicate stomachs should be careful in its consumption, since it can generate gas and/or acidity due to its high content of oxalates, being irritating, in these cases yes, for the digestive system.
For this same reason, people with a tendency to or diagnosed with cystitis, kidney stones, nephritic colic, or kidney disease should not abuse its consumption, limiting it. Although it might seem otherwise, beets are healthy food for diabetes patients, always consumed in normal proportions.
Did you know that the very fashionable Red Velvet cake has beetroot as its main ingredient? Or that the most famous and traditional Russian soup is called Borsch, which translated into old Slovenian means beetroot?
Curious right? Beetroot never ceases to amaze us.
Also used as a natural colorant, beetroot extract or E162 is a pigment extracted naturally by cooking beetroot and subsequently drying it, giving rise to different forms of hue ranging from the most subtle pink to the most intense pink, passing through the range of purples.
This same pigment is usually used in cosmetics in the preparation of:
Beet pigment is also a fundamental ingredient in the food industry to color “strawberry-flavored” foods, pastries, yogurts, dairy products, fried appetizers, and when it comes to coloring sausages and meats in general.