The unusually high nitrate level in beetroot apparently helps reduce blood pressure as successfully as clinical drugs.

Virtually fat free, rich in iron and magnesium

Beetroot use dates back to Greek times where it was prized for its medicinal qualities and was used as a treatment for fevers, skin problems and digestive complaints.

Health experts now know that its high iron content can help to treat anaemia and tiredness.

It is also rich in folic acid, which is known to reduce the risks of birth defects if taken before conception and during the early stages of pregnancy.

Recently labelled as a "mood food" because it contains a compound called betaine that is known to relax the mind and help with depression.

There have even been claims that beetroot could be Nature's Viagra, as it has high levels of the mineral boron, which has a role in the production of sex hormones.

It can also help cure acne and contribute to a clear complexion as it is a great skin cleanser.

Good For

  • Help cure acne

  • Help reduce blood pressure

  • Help with depression