Read any health magazine anywhere, and it would be unlikely that you wouldn't see some mention of antioxidants or anti inflammatories. It seems like the world we live in is becoming more and more toxic and people are becoming more aware of the need to protect themselves from the free radiacals and such in our environment.
Luckily science is working hard to keep up with this need, and lately much research has gone into the wonderful healing properties of beets. Beets health benefits are proven in new research that encompasses betalains and their power to reduce all types of chronic pain from migraines to menstrual cramps and everything inbetween. Some people even report dramtic reduction in the pain associated with artheritis and fibermalagia.
So, how does this miracle plant work, and what are betalains? The name "betalain" comes from the Latin name of the common beet (Beta vulgaris), from which betalains were first extracted. The deep red color of beets, bougainvillea, amaranth, and many cacti results from the presence of betalain pigments. Betalains may exhibit anti-cancer activity.