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10 Health Benefits of Beets That You Need to Know

Take advantage of beets' health benefits to detox your body, maintain a healthy weight, boost energy and more.

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Beet, beetroot bunch on grey stone background.Anna_Pustynnikova/Shutterstock

Help Support a Healthy Immune System

You know beets are tasty and easy to cook. But they’re surprisingly good for you, too. They’re packed full of vitamin C, folate (AKA vitamin B9), potassium, iron and manganese. You need these nutrients to help support a healthy immune system.

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Spiced pickled beetsTaste of Home

Keep You Full Longer

Eating meals that star beets is a great way to fill up without being weighed down. Every cup of beets has only 59 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. Since they’re a good source of fiber, you’ll feel fuller after eating beets without adding significant calories to your day.

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Fresh beets juice in glass on a grey wooden table5 second Studio/Shutterstock

Help Maintain a Healthy Complexion

What are the benefits of beet juice? To start, drinking beet juice is good for your hair and skin, reducing inflammation and preventing signs of aging. This is how to make beet juice with (or without) a juicer.

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Red Beetroot with herbage green leaves on rustic background.Ivanna Pavliuk/Shutterstock

May Relieve Inflammation


Consuming beets may be a way to reduce inflammation naturally. In conjunction with a healthy diet, beets contain a powerful antioxidant (a phytonutrient called betalain) that may be able to help your body fight off the conditions that cause inflammation.

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Macro close up on a pile of freshly harvested beet rootsVDB PHOTOS/SHUTTERSTOCK

Prevent Cell Damage


Beets contain antioxidants thanks to their vitamin C, manganese and betalain. These antioxidants work together to neutralize free radicals, preventing damage to your cells.

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Improve Digestive Health


Many vegetables contain dietary fiber, but carrot and beet fiber are especially beneficial to your digestive tract. One cup of beets contains 3.8 grams of fiber, which moves through the intestines undigested. This fiber helps promote regularity and keeps your digestive health in peak condition.

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Fresh harvested beetroots in wooden crate, beets with leaves in the marketDarasp Kran/Shutterstock

Boost Energy


Beets are one of the best foods for athletes because of their energy-boosting abilities. The naturally occurring nitrates in beets can improve the efficiency of your body’s energy-producing cells, called mitochondria.

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healthy detox beet smoothie with chia seeds in a mason jar on a wooden backgroundEkaterina Kondratova/Shutterstock

Detox Your Body

Drinking beet juice is a great way to detoxify your liver and rid your body of excess toxins. Create a smoothie with beets and other cleansing ingredients to naturally detox your body.

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fresh salad with beets and orangesOlha Afanasieva/Shutterstock

Increase Weight Loss

Because beets are high in fiber and low in calories, they may help increase weight loss when added to a healthy diet. Each cup of beets will fill you up with 3.8 grams of fiber and only 59 calories. Once you learn how to cook beets, you can throw a handful of these tasty treats into any meal!

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Making homemade lip gloss from oil and beeswax colored with organic red beet juiceiva/Shutterstock

Bring Color to Your Lips


Did you know you can use beet root powder as a natural dye for lip gloss or blush? Simply melt a teaspoon each of castor oil and shea butter and stir in a teaspoon of beetroot powder. Store it in a small container for up to six months and use it to tint your lips or cheekbones.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.

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