7. Beetroot Juice
Beetroots are a root vegetable also known as beet, red beet or garden beet, and scientifically known as Beta vulgaris. Beetroot has often been passed over in favor of other vegetables, but it’s slowly gaining popularity as another ‘superfood’. It’s a rich source of essential nutrients like fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and iron, and can even be used as a food dye.
Beetroot has great health benefits and is believed to improve blood flow, decrease the risk of obesity and heart disease, and support healthy weight loss. Red beetroot, in particular, has been shown to improve dementia, diabetes, and hypertension. Beetroots contain unique phytonutrients called betalains that hold strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making beetroot an effective detoxifier.
Beetroot juice is an effective ingredient in skincare products, as the antioxidants found in beets can protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, while lycopene – the phytonutrient that gives beets that brilliant color – promotes skin elasticity and provides protection from the UV rays of the sun. Beetroots also contain a nutrient called choline, which can improve sleep, muscle tone, memory and cognitive function.
Beetroots can be used to combat hair loss either by adding it to your diet or applying it directly to the scalp. Drinking a glass of beetroot juice each day will help promote hair growth, and you can combine it with other vegetables like cucumbers and carrots to further the nutritional benefits. Alternatively, you can apply beetroot juice straight onto the scalp, but be wary if your hair is a light color as the beetroot juice may stain it.