Fall Produce With Hidden Healing Powers

Beets can’t be beat!

A true “Paleo food,” beets can be traced back to prehistoric times and have been used medicinally for generations. The root gets its rich crimson coloring from betalains, pigments with powerful antioxidant and cancer-fighting activity. Beets have heart health benefits, too. A trial published in the journal Hypertension found that drinking an 8-ounce glass of beet juice led to a decrease in blood pressure over 24 hours. Blend a beet into your fruit smoothie (raw or cooked, your choice!), or roast a few bunches and add them to salads and sandwiches all week long.