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Beetroots are very easy to grow in the garden or in pots on a balcony any time from late April to early may and will be ready to eat as early as June but can be left in the ground and pulled throughout Autumn and into Winter.

Beetroots provide a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beetroots, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. In a recent study from Italy, beetroots were shown to be an especially important contributor of two carotenoids in the overall diet: lutein and zeaxanthin. Although much of the recent carotenoid research has focused on beta-carotene, both lutein and zeaxanthin are unique as health support molecules, particularly with respect to eye health and common age-related eye problems involving the macula and the retina. For eye health, beets may eventually turn out to require a category all their own.
Beetroots can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, and baked. They have a sweet earthy taste unique to only them and are unlike any other fruit or vegetable. Complementary fruit and vegetables include Carrots, Apples & Potatoes.

Anti Ageing (Antioxidant) Benefits...
Beetroots contain an incredible and unusual mix of antioxidants.
The two SUPER anti ageing carotenoids found in Beetroots are lutein and zeaxanthin. We've

become accustomed to thinking about anthocyanins antioxidants in dark red fruit and fruit and vegetables such as Blueberries & Red cabbage, but beetroots demonstrate their antioxidant uniqueness by getting their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments and not primarily from anthocyanins.

Beetroots are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C and the antioxidant manganese These unique phytonutrients in beetroots provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables. While research is largely in the early stage with respect to beetroot antioxidants and their special benefits for eye health and overall nerve tissue health. Evidence is emerging that will places this vegetable very firmly in the Anti Ageing Super Food Category...

Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Evidence shows that this antioxidant can help prevent macular degeneration of the eyes. research is beginning to show that failing eye health in old age is preventable by eating foods rich in
Antioxidants such as Lutein & Zeaxanthin. Below is an extract from PubMed...

Anti ageing / antioxidant Beetroot & Carrot Salad.

Ingredients: Serves 2-4 people
2 medium sized (organic) beetroot & tops if young and tender
4-5 medium sized (organic) carrots
1 medium (organic) apple
3 tablespoons of raisins or sultanas
2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts / seeds (optional)
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons of Omega 3:6:9 Salad oil or alternative oil
roughly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of honey

Method:
Remove the tops and wash and Grate the Carrots and the Beetroot and mix together in a bowl.
Choose the young tender leaves and stems and use either as a garnish or chop and add to the salad, they are nutritious and taste just like spinach. (optional)
Add the apple finally chopped into small squares.
Add the Raisins, sultana's, nuts or seeds.
mix together and serve with or without a balsamic vinegar dressing according to taste.
Balsamic Vinegar dressing:
Blend together and drizzle over the salad to taste.
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons of Omega 3:6:9 Salad oil or alternative oil
roughly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of honey




Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye and skin health.
Roberts RL, Green J, Lewis B.
Source: PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19168000

Abstract of Article
Less than 20 of the hundreds of carotenoids found in nature are found in the human body. These carotenoids are present in the body from the foods or dietary supplements that humans consume. The body does not synthesize them. Among the carotenoids present in the body, only lutein and its coexistent isomer, zeaxanthin, are found in that portion of the eye where light is focused by the lens, namely, the macula lutea. Numerous studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin may provide significant protection against the potential damage caused by light striking this portion of the retina. In the eye, lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown to filter high-energy wavelengths of visible light and act as antioxidants to protect against the formation of reactive oxygen species and subsequent free radicals. Human studies have demonstrated that lutein and zeaxanthin are present in the skin, and animal studies have provided evidence of significant efficacy against light-induced skin damage, especially the ultraviolet wavelengths. Little was known about the protective effects of these carotenoids in human skin until recently. This article reviews the scientific literature pertaining to the effects that lutein and zeaxanthin exhibit in the human eye and skin.