Beets offer a variety of health benefits including boosted stamina, lowered blood pressure and decreased risk of certain cancers. Beets are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber and many other nutrients.
Mankind acknowledged the beneficial properties of beets as far back as ancient Rome when the Romans used them as an aphrodisiac. Modern science has substantiated this age-old belief; researchers say that beets contain a high amount of boron, which is associated with the production of human sex hormones. When eating beets, a small percentage of the population may experience beeturia, a reddening of the urine, caused by the excretion of betalain pigments from the beets. While not inherently harmful, beeturia can be indicative of low stomach acidity.