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Beetroot syrup is a natural syrup that can be made from raw beetroot and is widely used to help treat cough, high blood pressure or anemia, as it contains betalains, nitrates, compounds phenolics, carotenoids and ascorbic acid, in addition to iron and vitamin C, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help to reduce inflammation, promote blood vessel relaxation and improve the functioning of the immune system.
This syrup is simple to prepare and can be made at home using just beetroot or adding ginger, honey or cinnamon to enhance its properties.
Beet syrup should not be used by diabetics because it can increase the amount of sugar in the blood. In addition, this syrup does not replace medical treatment and, therefore, it is important to always consult a doctor to carry out the most appropriate treatment for each case.
What is it for
Beetroot syrup has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antianemic, antihypertensive properties, and therefore, it can be used to assist in the treatment of various situations, such as:
- Cough, asthma or bronchitis as it helps reduce airway inflammation;
- Flu and colds, as it contains vitamin C that helps improve the functioning of the immune system;
- High blood pressure as it contains nitrates that help relax blood vessels and improve blood circulation;
- Anemia, as it contains iron and B vitamins and vitamin C;
- Decreased mental function and reasoning, by promoting the dilation of blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the brain.
Beetroot syrup can also be used to help improve the performance of athletes, as it is rich in nitrates, potassium and calcium, which help improve muscle oxygenation and maintain muscle fiber he alth.
Also, some studies done in the laboratory with mice or using breast, prostate, esophageal and liver cancer cells show that beet betalains can help reduce the damage caused to cells by free radicals and thus, decrease the proliferation of cells of these types of cancer. However, human studies are still needed to prove this benefit.
Beetroot syrup is simple and easy to prepare and can be made by adding ginger or cinnamon, for example.
1. Simple Beet Syrup
This syrup must be prepared with raw beets, and can be used to help treat cough, anemia or high blood pressure.
- 1 raw beetroot;
- 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Wash and cut the beets into thin slices and place in a clean, dry glass container.Add the sugar and mix. Let it rest for 24 hours and after that time collect the liquid part that has formed, which is the syrup. It is recommended to take 2 tablespoons of beet syrup 3 times a day. For children, it is recommended to take half this dose.
2. Beetroot syrup with honey
Beetroot syrup with honey can be used to help treat colds, flu and cough, due to its anti-inflammatory properties of the respiratory tract and to help improve the immune system. In addition, honey also helps to lubricate the throat and reduce inflammation, relieving cough.
This syrup should not be used by people allergic to honey, propolis or pollen.
- 1 raw beetroot;
- 2 tablespoons of honey.
Wash and cut the beets into thin slices and place in a clean, dry glass container.Add the honey, mix and let it rest for 24 hours. After that time, collect the liquid part that has formed, which is the syrup and transfer it to another sterilized glass container and cover. You can take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day until the symptoms disappear. Children over 1 year old can take 1 teaspoon of beet syrup up to 3 times a day.
3. Beetroot Ginger Syrup
A good option to make beet syrup is to add ginger and cinnamon as they have an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and natural expectorant effect, which helps to fight the symptoms of coughs, flu and colds.
Ginger should not be consumed by people who use anticoagulant drugs, as it has anticoagulant properties that can cause or increase the risk of bleeding and hemorrhage, and therefore it should be removed from the syrup in these cases.
- 1 raw beetroot;
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon;
- 1 cup sliced peeled ginger root;
- 85 g of sugar;
- 100 mL of water.
Boil the water with the sugar, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn off the heat, add the beetroot, ginger and cinnamon, and stir. Store the syrup in a clean, dry glass bottle. Take 1 teaspoon of ginger beet syrup 3 times a day.
Who should not use
Beet syrup should not be used by people with diabetes, because it contains sugar or honey for its preparation, it can increase the amount of sugar in the blood and make it difficult to control blood glucose.
Furthermore, beet syrup made with honey should not be used by pregnant women or children under 1 year of age.