Brain & Body Care: Beets for the Mind and Body – The Surprising Connection to Mental Health and Substance Use
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Beets are a nutrient-dense root vegetable that have been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, and better digestion. But did you know that beets may also have a connection to mental health and substance use? Research suggests that beets may be able to improve mood and reduce the risk of addiction.
One of the primary compounds in beets is nitric oxide, which has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and reduce inflammation. This can lead to improved mood and cognitive function. A study published in the Nutrition Society of New Zealand found that drinking beet juice was associated with improved cognitive function and mood in older and younger adults.
In addition to its potential mental health benefits, beets may also be useful in reducing the risk of substance use. According to a study titled “Phytotherapy of Alcoholism” published in Natural Product Communications, numerous medicinal plants and natural compounds have been reported to exhibit preventive and therapeutic effects on alcoholism and alcohol dependency. These plants contain active constituents that are commonly used in the treatment of alcohol dependence syndrome, including flavonoids, polyphenols, betanin, betaxanthin, and betalains. Beets, in particular, have been found to contain these compounds, which have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Furthermore, beets are a natural source of folate, a B-vitamin that plays a key role in brain function and development. Low levels of folate have been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. By incorporating beets into your diet, you can increase your intake of this essential nutrient.
Beets are also a good source of fiber, which can help regulate blood sugar levels and promote feelings of fullness, both of which are important for maintaining stable mood and reducing the risk of substance use.
So how can you incorporate beets into your diet? There are many ways to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. You can roast, steam, or boil beets and enjoy them as a side dish or add them to salads. You can also juice beets or blend them into smoothies for a tasty and nutrient-dense drink. If you’re not a fan of the earthy taste of beets, try combining them with sweeter fruits like apples or pears to balance out the flavor.
In conclusion, beets have numerous health benefits, including potential benefits for mental health and substance use. By incorporating beets into your diet, you can enjoy their rich array of nutrients and potentially support your mental and physical health. So why not give beets a try and see how they can benefit you?
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