Beets have been cultivated for food since at least the 8th century BC. Throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, for centuries, people have consumed either the root or the leaves of the plant. The beetroot is a familiar vegetable that can be consumed either cooked or even raw. Recently, it has gained the status of a superfood. Beetroots contain Vitamins A, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, Vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. It also has antioxidant properties, which helps remove damaging free radicals from the body.
However, one problem is how to prepare beetroots in a way that they will retain all of these nutrients. Boiling beets in a pot will cut the amounts of Vitamins A, B5, and C, as well as the calcium and potassium content by more than half! That’s where beetroot powders come in. The powder is prepared in one of two ways. One way is from grinding down raw beets in a juicer, and dehydrating the juice. Another way is to freeze-dry whole beets and then pulverizing them. Since the beets are in raw, uncooked form, they retain most of their nutrients. You can then dissolve the powder in water and drink it down. It doesn’t quite have the fiber content that you’d get from eating beets. But beetroot powder is an easy way of supplementing your diet. And it is shown to improve blood pressure and increase endurance.