If you’ve only ever eaten beetroot sliced and pickled in vinegar, it’s time to give it another go… It's good for you in more ways that you can imagine!

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1. It’ll help your sex life!

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Beetroot juice contains nitric oxide which increases blood flow to the extremities!

Did you know..? It was used as an aphrodisiac during Roman times and, in The Lupanare – the official brothel of Pompeii – there were pictures of it on the walls!

 

2. It’s a hangover cure

The pigment that gives beetroot its amazing colour is also an antioxidant, which not only helps your body to turn the alcohol into a less harmful substance, but also lets you get rid of it quicker, too!

Did you know..? Beetroot can turn your wee and poo pink. Don’t worry, though, it’s harmless!

 

3. It’ll make you feel happy

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Beetroot contains a substance called tryptophan that relaxes your mind. It’s also found in chocolate – so no surprise, then, that it makes you feel good.

 

4. It helps to cure dandruff

If you boil beetroot in water and then massage the cooled water into your scalp each night, it’s said to work as an effective cure for dandruff. Though, if you’re blonde, it just might also turn your hair pink…

 

5. It makes great wine!

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Beetroot can be made into a wine that tastes similar to port. Check out a recipe here.

Did you know..? The Elizabethans prepared beetroot by wiping it with fresh dung before cooking it. Nice!

 

6. It’ll keeping you going for longer

Drinking beetroot juice helps with endurance.

Did you know..? Warwickshire County Cricket Club adopted the Beetroot Diet in 2004 (eating beetroot three times a day) and won the county championship that season!

 

7. It makes an amazing chocolate cake!

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Beetroot has one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Try it in a chocolate cake. This recipe, from www.lovebeetroot.co.uk  is a winner!

Did you know..? In Australia, a true Oz-style burger must have a slice or two of beetroot. Even branches of McDonald’s and Burger King include it in their menus Down Under.

 

So tell us, do you love beetroot or hate it?