In Chinese medicine, if it looks like blood then it nourishes and builds the blood. The beautiful deep purple-red of beets does exactly that! It also tonifies the heart, calms the spirit, lubricates the intestines and cleanses the liver.
The belatin pigment in beets supports detoxification by helping trigger the "hook-up" process of unwanted toxic substances to small nutrient groups that are then neutralized and excreted from the body. Beets are also a great source of folate, potassium and manganese.
Excellent juiced or roasted on top a salad, I also love a good pickled beet as well...mmmm