Just one cup of beets contains 5.5 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B6, 10 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin C and 34 percent of the required amount of folic acid. This vitamin is particularly important for all pregnant women, since it’s crucial in the normal development of the fetus. Increasing your folic acid intake also improves your mood and ability to concentrate. Beets also contain other vitamins, such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin and vitamin A. One cup of beets provides you with between 2 and 5 percent of your daily allowance of these vitamins.
While beets are high in sodium, they’re also high in potassium too and one cup contains over 14 percent of the recommended daily amount. One cup also contains close to 10 percent of the magnesium you require and a whopping 28 percent of the recommended daily amount of manganese. Scientists used to believe that deficiencies in manganese were rare since it’s in many foods, but due to fast food consumption increasing, they now estimate that as much as 37 percent of the population has a deficiency. Symptoms of manganese deficiency include hypertension, infertility, high cholesterol, vision and hearing problems, memory loss, muscle contractions, heart disorders, blood sugar disorders and even seizures. In addition beets contain iron, calcium, copper, phosphorous and zinc.
In the same study using lab animals with induced high cholesterol and colon cancer markers, the scientists discovered that the animals fed beets also had their total cholesterol drop 30 percent with the triglycerides dropping a whopping 40 percent and the HDL levels, the good cholesterol, increasing.