Beeting Your Baby in the Womb:
As the saying goes: “A healthy baby begins with you.” During a woman’s pregnancy, a woman will seek out specific, healthier foods that benefit both her and her baby. Among these highly beneficial foods is the glorious beet.
A woman’s body increases its blood volume nearly 30-50% during pregnancy. The heart works harder to increase blood flow to the fetus. Due to an increase in a blood volume, it is important that pregnant women increase their intake of both iron and folic acid during this time.
Guess what is both high in iron and rich in folic acid? You guessed it–the beet!
A healthy dose of beetroot juice during pregnancy will boost hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein. An increase of iron in the body will, also, help lower the risk of developing anemia during pregnancy. Beets are, also, full of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron.
Beetroot juice is also rich in folic acid which assists with fetal development and tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial is developing your baby’s spinal cord, as well. Consuming raw beetroot juice during pregnancy will help to ensure your baby’s spinal cord is normal lowering the risk of any defect. Folic acid also helps facilitate the formation of red blood cells in your body.
Expecting mothers have been known to tire more easily and feel achy and sore at a moment’s notice. Beets are loaded with betalain, a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce pain caused by joint swelling.
The nutritious effects of beets is endless. Beets contain vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin E; all which contribute to healthy fetal development. Beets are high in calcium, which prevents osteoporosis, a condition which pregnant women are prone to. Beets are an excellent source of potassium which both balances electrolytes and can help regulate metabolism.
Basically, beets are the way to go for women who want a healthy juice that will benefit both her and her child in the womb. Rich in vitamins, iron, and folic acid, the beet supports a healthy baby and a healthy you.