Is Beetroot Good for Anemia? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beetroot is good for anemia. Because it has iron, folate, and nitrates, and they can increase your hemoglobin and red blood cell levels, prevent megaloblastic anemia, and improve your blood flow and oxygen delivery.

Anemia is a condition that affects your blood.

In anemia, your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to carry oxygen to your tissues.

This can lead to various health problems, such as fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, and increased risk of infections.

One of the key factors in managing anemia is diet.

What you consume can affect your iron levels, which can impact your anemia symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage anemia, you should consume iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals and avoid calcium-rich foods like dairy products, spinach, and rhubarb.

Now, beetroot is a root vegetable that has a deep red or purple color.

People usually eat it raw, cooked, or pickled, or drink its juice.

Beetroot is good for anemia because it contains iron, folate, and nitrates.

Iron is essential for making hemoglobin and red blood cells.

Folate is a vitamin that helps prevent certain types of anemia.

Nitrates are compounds that help improve blood flow and oxygen delivery.

One cup of raw beetroot can give you 6% of your daily iron needs, 34% of your daily folate needs, and 13% of your daily nitrates needs.

Iron can increase your hemoglobin and red blood cell levels and reduce your anemia symptoms.

Folate can prevent megaloblastic anemia, a type of anemia caused by folate deficiency.

Nitrates can lower your blood pressure and enhance your exercise performance.

Furthermore, beetroot is a vegetable and vegetables are good for anemia.

Because, they provide other nutrients, such as vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, that can support your immune system, digestive health, and cellular protection.

You can eat one to two cups of beetroot per day safely.

More than that can cause side effects, such as red urine or stools, stomach upset, or kidney stones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat beetroot if you have kidney disease or gout to prevent worsening your condition.

Because, beetroot contains oxalates, which can accumulate in your kidneys and form stones, or increase your uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks.

You can buy fresh beetroot in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose firm, smooth, and unblemished beetroots.

Because, they are fresher and have more nutrients.

You can store them in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing anemia effectively.

I always recommend my anemia patients to follow an anemia-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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