The Facts: One cup of raw beets is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. It contains phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin. Beets contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women because it may lower the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in newborn infants.
The Facts: According to John Heinerman, in the Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, beets (and beet juices) are a blood-building herb that detoxifies blood and renews it with minerals and natural sugars. Recent studies point to betaine as contributing to the prevention of coronary and cerebral artery diseases.
Beeting the Big C
The Facts: Early research in indicated that beet juice and its powdered form slowed the development of tumors and beets aiding cancer patients.