Borscht - A Russian beet soup. I love this soup and haven't make it yet this winter. I guess I need to do so soon while it's still soup weather.

Beets contain a high amount of phytonutrients that act as an anti-inflammatory and prevent diseases. The strongest anti-inflammatory potential include betanin, isobetanin, and vulgaxanthin. These are all betalains – that give beets their distinct red color.
In addition to betalain, beets are also a source of betaine, which is made from choline, B-complex vitamin. Choline plays an important role in regulating inflammation and lowers non-inflammatory markers, including some connected to cancer.

Beets have been studied in relation to heart disease and
type 2 diabetes prevention. Both conditions have been associated with chronic inflammation.
Beets are one of the best
15 herbs and foods to cleanse your blood as they protect your body from free radicals and stimulate the liver to eliminate more toxins out of your blood stream. Beets also can help to detox your liver.
If you cook beets for a prolonged amount of time, betalains get destroyed, SO it is recommended to keep beet steaming  15 for minutes or less, and roasting times under an hour.
Remember that consumption of beets can color your urine red or pink. This is usually a normal reaction to eating beets.

Medicinal use of beetroot goes back as far as ancient Rome. Also, Beets can help your body fight against leukemia and tumors.
Beetroot in particular is extraordinarily rich in unique disease-fighting and anti-cancer chemicals.
Beets also contain powerful health-promoting phytochemicals called betalains.
One of the most researched betalains in beets is called betanin. Betanin has outstanding
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying effects.
In addition to betalains, beets contain high levels of other important micronutrients such as:

  • Vitamin C
  • Farnesol
  • Rutin
  • Folate
  • Allantoin, a powerful alkaloid

Beets Don’t Just Fight Disease…They Promote HealthBeets are considered one of the most rejuvenating of all vegetables, with numerous proven benefits for virtually every system of the body.

  • The immune system
  • Bile secretion
  • Cold and flu
  • Anemia
  • New cell growth
  • Blood pressure
  • Remove toxins
  • Cellular oxygenation
  • Healthy nails, shiny hair and smoother skin
  • Detoxifying the liver, kidneys, and bladder
  • Constipation
  • Treating cancer

The ancient Romans enjoyed a daily glass of beetroot juice to maximize health in a multitude of ways. Since beetroot juice is so powerful, its use MUST be gradual. Start with very small quantities and increase over time. If you feeling unwell from beet juice that's a sign of “too much of a good thing,” as your body tries to flush out more toxins than your system can efficiently eliminate.
Mix beetroot juice with carrot, apple or cucumber. People with chronic liver or kidney problems must be especially careful about drinking raw beet juice. It should be taken only in very small doses, approximately 1/8 to 1/4 cup per day as a reasonable starting dose for beetroot juice.
Quick and easy option is to try freeze-dried beetroot, available in powdered form at some health food.