Beets are a source of phytonutrients called betalains. This group of phytonutrients has been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. The phytonutrients in beets inhibit the activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes (COX). The COX enzymes are widely used by cells to produce molecules which trigger inflammation. While inflammation when warranted is not necessarily dangerous to health, chronic inflammation is. Chronic inflammation is at the root of almost all disease as well as hormonal imbalances that result in pre-menstrual syndrome, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, infertility and acne.
Beets are a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Both support eye health and common age-related eye problems.
Beets are a source of the antioxidant vitamin C and a very good source of the antioxidant manganese.
Beets are a source of betaine. Betaine is a nutrient made from the B-complex vitamin, choline. It is important in the regulation of inflammation and has been associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL6), and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFA).
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 2 Small Golden Beets
- 2 oz. Soft Goat Cheese
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. Dried Chives
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
In small bowl mix together cheese, oil and herbs and set aside.
Place beets in pressure cooker basket with 2/3 c. water.
Bring to high pressure and steam for 15 minutes.
Quick release pressure and let beets cool enough to handle.
Cut top and bottom off beets and then gently peel.
Slice and layer with goat cheese.
Garnish with chives and enjoy!
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