We love beets for their rich betaine content, which is an excellent methyl donor, helping to improve methylation and recovering your DNA. Beets are also an epigenetic modulator, guiding changes to DNA that regulate whether genes are turned on or off.
But, have you heard of betalains? These unique nitrogen-containing compounds have potent anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Although used as natural food coloring, their primary food sources are red beets and cactus pears. Betalains, consisting of betacyanins and betaxanthins, have beneficial effects in chronic conditions such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and cancer (PMID: 29846082).
Beets are one of the younger you dynamic dozen, otherwise known as Longevity Foods! They are also high in vitamin C (a DNA methylation adaptogen), fiber, potassium (needed in the methylation cycle, too), folate (a primary methyl donor and important epi-nutrient), and manganese.
Beets help lower blood pressure, fight cancer, support detoxification, digestion, elimination and so much more! They are excellent for those with the MTHFR gene mutation and for everyone aspiring to be healthier.
They are a smart food to include into your daily diet for so many reasons!