Most vegetables are at our disposal throughout the year, whether they are imported from other countries or grown in greenhouses. However, should we consume vegetables a little more thoughtfully? Certain vegetables are only in their optimum state at certain times of the year, these are known as seasonal vegetables. Consume any vegetable at any time of the year is not very eco-friendly, but when a vegetable isn’t in season, it doesn’t taste as good! Allah (SWT) has given us certain fruits and vegetables in certain seasons because seasonal vegetables contain the right vitamins we need for that season.

Beetroots, for example, are filled with vitamins and antioxidants. A lot of people only eat the beetroot itself and discard of the leaves which is such a shame, because the leaves are an amazing source of potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin C.

Islam and Beetroots

The prophet Muhammad (SAW) always encouraged healthy eating and had many natural remedies he recommended when someone was in a state of illness. For example:

Umme Munzir (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) visited him. “Ali (RA) was with him. We had some bunches of dates hanging. Rasulullah (SAW) began eating from them. Ali (RA) also began eating with him. Rasulullah (SAW) stopped him saying, “You have just recovered from your illness and should not eat this.” He (Ali (RA)) stopped and Rasulullah (SAW) continued eating. Umme Munzir (RA) says, I then cooked some barley and beetroot. Rasulullah (SAW) said to Ali (RA), “Eat this, it is suitable for you.” [Shama’il Muhammadiyah – English reference: Book 25, hadith 172. Arabic reference: Book 26, hadith181]

Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) also reported, “There was a woman among us who would put beet root in a pot and add to it some ground barley. She used to cook them together. On returning from the Friday prayer, we would greet her and she would offer it to us.” [Al-Bukhari: Book 6, Hadith 863]

Beetroot Benefits

Beetroots are great if you are trying to detox, because they contain beta-alanine. Beta-alanine binds waste inside your blood to other molecules and then removes it from your body, which is why beetroots are often eaten to cleanse the liver and blood.

Athletic performance
Because beetroots contain nitrate, beetroot juice is highly popular amongst endurance athletes due to the fact that it can boost your performance by 16%. Because nitrate is converted into both nitrite and nitrogen monoxide, these then dilate the arteries and repair damaged arteries. They even provide a better blood flow to areas where there may not be enough oxygen. All of this helps you to exercise for longer periods of time.

High blood pressure
Research has shown that drinking 1 glass of beetroot juice could lower blood pressure by 4 to 5 points. This is perfect if you suffer from abnormally high blood pressure.

Hair problems
Along with everything else, beetroot juice also contains silica which is important for hair and nail growth. Therefore, eating beetroots can result in thicker and healthier hair as well as stronger nails.

Anaemia and fatigue
Beetroots contain lots of iron. Iron is an essential mineral which stimulates the production of haemoglobin in the blood, and fortunately, beetroots contain plenty of iron. Iron from beetroot and other natural sources is always better absorbed than iron from tablets.

Beetroots also contain many antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Some research has even shown that beetroot juice can decrease the growth of a tumour and decrease the risk of prostate cancer.

Natural sources from Allah (SWT) are more than enough to maintain and improve our health – we just have to use it. Please share this knowledge by sharing this post with you loved ones.

Love, Najat.

Effects of dietary nitrate on oxygen cost during exercise – Larsen, F.J., Weitzberg, E., Lundberg, J.O., Ekblom, B.

The effect of red beet (Beta vulgaris var. rubra) fiber on alimentary hypercholesterolemia and chemically induced colon carcinogenesis in rats. – P Bobek, S Galbavý, M Mariássyová.

Radioprotective activity of betalains from red beets in mice exposed to gamma irradiation. – Xiaoling Lu, Yuping Wang, Zesheng Zhang.