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Beet Root

Beet Root: The pectin in beets, a soluble fiber, binds toxins, heavy metals and excess hormones that have been dumped into the gut from the liver. They are passed out instead of being reabsorbed. In one study, one group of animals, purposely given colon cancer, received a diet high in beet fiber while another group acted as controls. The animals that were fed beet fiber showed an increase in the activity of two antioxidant enzymes in the liver, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione-S-transferase. The liver is the body’s primary detoxifying organ where toxic substances are broken down and eliminated. This process generates lots of free radicals. Glutathione peroxidase and glutathione-S-transferase are the bodyguards for liver cells against free radicals. In other studies, beet fiber showed an increase in their number of CD8 cells, special immune cells responsible for eliminating abnormal cells. Conclusive evidence by researchers shows a relationship between a high fiber diet and lower chances of colorectal cancer. Insoluble fiber moves potential carcinogens through the intestines faster decreasing their contact time with the colon wall. Soluble fiber absorbs bile acids stopping them from acting on bacteria to produce fecapentanes, the cancerous substances that are formed by decaying foods within the colon. There are about 20 of these compounds that can mutate colon cells into cancerous cells. Fiber also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria that crowd out unhealthy bacteria that produce fecapentanes. 

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