Hi there. My name is beetroot. I make an excellent addition to salads and kids have a blast eating me, as I turn tongues red. I also make an awesome pickle. I have some great health benefits.
I am high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body, which is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy. I was known to the ancient Romans as an effective aphrodisiac. My blood-red color comes from a powerful group of antioxidants called betalains, which help in the areas of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation. Other anti-oxidants present in me carry out deep cleansing on a cellular level, that may have long term health benefits. Lastly, I also contain tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.