Is beetroot a superfood for natural treatment of cancer and anemia?

BeetrootOne of my favourite foods at the moment is the humble beetroot. Often used in peasant style soups and mercilessly picked in vinegar beetroot is a beautiful treat if you know how to handle it well in the kitchen! Beetroot is easy to grow organically and is the self sufficient gardener’s friend. You can buy small varieties that are particularly sweet and tender; put the seeds into the ground and they virtually look after themselves.

I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on some golf ball sized organic beauties for the past month and they make a mouth watering addition to meals.roasted vegetables

The simplest and one of the most delicious ways is to bake them. Just scrub the beetroot clean, place in an oven proof dish with some butter (or suitable margarine / oil if you are vegan) and a few cloves of garlic, cover and put in the oven at 180 for around an hour and a half until soft. I put these in at the same time as jacket potatoes for lunch.

You can also roast them with other vegetables such as carrots, red onions, swede and parsnips. Simply cut your chosen vegetables into large dice. Parboil for 10 minutes and drain. Heat some oil in the oven in a roasting tin and add the vegetables to the hot oil. Cook through until soft – around an hour to an hour and a half.

It makes a wonderful coloured dish reminiscent of an autumn sunset, bursting with antioxidants and is a real feel-good comfort dish.

beetroot juiceThe best thing about beetroot is that it is a true superfood. When eaten raw, it’s a more powerful tonic for your health than a whole bottle of vitamin pills. If you are anemic then beetroot will support, cleanse and build up your blood and if you are convalescing, beetroot will soon put you on the road of recovery.

Beetroot juice has been at the centre of research for many years in Germany. It has been shown that a glass of raw beetroot juice taken daily can be beneficial for treating cancer. It can be mixed with apples, orange or carrot if you do not like the taste of beetroot on its own. Beetroot is used with carrots for hormone regulation during menopause and cleansing the liver.beetroot cake

If you’re not convinced already, then you can, I kid you not, use beetroot in place of carrots to make a cake! One of the simplest recipes comes courtesy of Riverford. (the eggs can be substituted for a vegan version)


250g (8oz) self-raising flour, sieved
2 teaspoons baking powder
150g (5oz) soft brown sugar
100g (3½oz) sultanas
200g (7oz) beetroot, peeled and grated (2-3 medium sized beetroots)
150ml (¼ pint) vegetable or sunflower oil
2 medium sized eggs, beaten


1. Preheat oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4
2. Grease and line an 8 inch loose based cake tin.
3. Mix together the flour, baking powder and soft brown sugar in a large bowl.
4. Add the sultanas, grated beetroot.
5. Beat the oil and eggs together, and then add to the bowl.
6. Combine with either a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1-1¼ hours. Insert a metal skewer into the cake; if it comes out clean, then the cake is cooked.
8. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe kindly donated by Tina Richardson a Box Scheme customer from Harrow



  1. Udo Plesch on November 2, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Udo Plesch
    L.-v.-Beethovenstr. 78
    08248 Klingenthal

    Dear Sir and Madam,

    nevertheless, there basically a common root at least of some tumor kinds and the diabetes or high blood pressure is an object of the research is and cancer and diabetes in the connection are to be seen, I would like to put with pleasure a few small questions:
    1.) Is it right that the budgetary sugar which is to 95% in the food as for example in liver-sausage, sour cucumbers, ready soups, mustard, buns etc. is officially called industrial sugar and is chemically worked on pipe sugar and beet sugar? Besides, the substance loses colouring, minerals and vitamins.
    2.) Is it right that this industrial sugar since 1988 officially as a pollutant can be called?
    3.) Is it right that in England sweet from all school canteens was exiled? Are the laws better then in England like with us?
    4.) Is it right that the leader of the alliance is a speaker of the management of the Südzucker AG (translate: South sugau AG) for food customer (BLL) at the same time and this federation has reached decisively that the traffic light marking of consumer’s minister Horst Seehofer came about only on voluntary base? Strictly speaking I have still found generally no traffic light marking with the food?
    5.) If I ask has belonged that in Chernobyl ebensoviele people fallen ill with cancer like in diabetes. From it is to be supposed that cancer and diabetes are used. This confirms the table enclosed as an arrangement. In the meantime, my question, to what extent the researches in this area are progressed which aim at the relationship of cancer and diabetes.
    6.) Question: The research center Scheller shows scintific analyses. My question positions itself of course how are scientific extremely the opinions of the German society for food to the point C-Candida (concealed Candida like it names Scheller), because on it the fulcrum and pivot of the researches of the Allgäuer research center Scheller concentrates. Here it would be surely interesting which research results the Candida research of the research institute has in Jena? Further the question interests of course burning: Why the Africans had no cancer, however, the Egyptians already 3000 years ago before the 1 world war in the area Lambarene with primeval forest doctor Albert Schweitzer. In addition I received an opinion:
    ” Albert Schweitzer found out that there was no cancer in Africa because the people had there no respect conflicts, or very collectively handle positively with it ”
    Where does our research see the actual cause?

    7. Question:
    from the literature I found the following passages:
    candida-mushrooms have… ” Task, that the (human) digestive process in
    of healthy form runs off. ”
    ” Candida can do sugar in inferior alcohol in the bowel
    (Rotguts) transform; this loads the liver and can for jumping the track of her
    liver values lead. These growing rampant Candida-yeast-mushrooms can by one
    environment-therapy and a sugar and white-meal-free diet in her physiological one
    norm are forced back. ”

    My question is, if sugar and white flour (in larger amount) to
    liver damage leads, then the possibility, that both materials also exists
    Candida can lead to cancer, and if so what undertakes the state and
    the society about both materials in kindergartens and school supplies for children
    to avoid to avoid such bad illnesses?
    Candida C is most dangerous. other text in addition: ” And this infestation (with
    we find Candida C) today with heavy illnesses (cancer, leukaemia) and
    rheumatism. The intra-cellular infestation C-Candida-attack of the red blood cells points
    itself in the dark field in the form of strong, glass rods or needles with
    a small loop, like a darning needle from the Erythrozyten
    coming out, namely only after some days of the blood observation. ” In this respect
    if cancer is infectious.

    8. Question: If Candida C hangs together with cancer and even
    Infection danger exists what undertakes the state and
    to avoid the society around the danger?

    9.) Question: Where from Candida C comes?, according to research center
    Scheller = concealed Candida or a mutation of the natural Candida mushrooms
    of the person.
    As an Albert Schweitzer, the famous doctor before the first world war
    to Africa came, he found out, that the people there
    generally had no cancer and he covered this to them
    food. How simple it is for the science,
    to find out, which Asian / European food them
    cancer effect have. On the other hand, is already known, that it in old Egypt
    cancer gave and is also known what the Egyptians took against cancer as means,
    a certain plant, which also even today from a remedial practical person in Cairo
    it is prescribed, means against mushrooms. And we also know, what for
    food in Egypt was introduced:
    White flour and pipe sugar. This corresponds with the fact, that in the book from E. Scheller it is recommended, against an grow rank by Candida: White flour and sugar diet.

    10.) If one eats no industrial sugar, is the muscular strain missing then? Who has tried out that already einemal? Logically with the industrial sugar there originate free radicals, aggressive oxygen connections which originate in the cells as waste products. Free radicals weaken the cell walls and the cell inside. Antioxidantien like pomegranate, bilberries, cranberries, currant, sour cherries, Cranberrys, citrus fruits strengthen cell protection belonging to body against freely radicals. Muscular strain can be decreased by means of Antioxdantien properly, scientists from Vermont the USA report about the fact that college of pupils, twice daily a glass cherrie juice the tyischen muscular strain discomfort did not drink had. My question: Is the industrial sugar responsible directly for the muscular strain?

    Yours sincerely
    Udo Plesch

  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking on March 26, 2011 at 3:01 am

    What a great post. I really like beets and knew they were good for you but I didn’t know they were this good for you. I always enjoy reading your blog. It is always packed full of such great tips and information!

  3. Mrs Green on April 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

    @Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking: Thanks Alicia; isn’t nature wonderful? Providing all this wonderful food / medicine for us. Enjoy those beets!

  4. TheRealSupermum on November 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I and my 6 children love a wide variety of vegetables this blog has been most useful and I for sure will try out the fab recipe thanks hun keep up the fab work.

  5. Mairi Stones on April 28, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Just read this, thanks great article. We were recently in Greece over the winter and there when you order beetroot it comes steamed with the tops on the side drizzled in olive oil and with a garlic dip, yummy.
    The other way I eat beetroot is raw and grated into a salad with turnip/swede and carrot. X