Beets- good for bones
عَنْهُ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ أَبِي نَصْرٍ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو الْحَسَنِ الرِّضَا ع يَا أَحْمَدُ كَيْفَ شَهْوَتُكَ لِلْبَقْلِ فَقُلْتُ إِنِّي لَأَشْتَهِي عَامَّتَهُ قَالَ فَإِذَا كَانَ كَذَلِكَ فَعَلَيْكَ بِالسِّلْقِ فَإِنَّهُ يَنْبُتُ عَلَى شَاطِئِ الْفِرْدَوْسِ وَ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ مِنَ الْأَدْوَاءِ وَ هُوَ يُغَلِّظُ الْعَظْمَ وَ يُنْبِتُ اللَّحْمَ
المحاسن، جلد 2، صفحه 519، حدیث725
Ahmad bin abi Nasr quotes from Imam Reza (PBUH):
“Ahmad, how is your appetite for vegetables? I answered: ‘I love them all.’ The Imam said: ‘if it is so, eat beets and they are raised on the shore of the river in Ferdows (paradise). In them, there is the cure of any pain, bones get thicker and they grow meat.”
Al-Mahasen, V 2, p.519, Hadith 725
Vivian Goldschmidt, MA
New York University
Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry,
A Plethora of Foundation Supplements
Beets are rich in several bone-healthy nutrients. Folate, Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium and copper are all Foundation Supplements that build and strengthen your bones.
If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you already know that folate is part of the Vitamin B-complex family and a vitamin essential for tissue growth.
Vitamin C is crucial to the production of collagen, a protein that maintains – among many other things – healthy bones and cartilage.
And manganese? This often ignored trace mineral is also necessary for the synthesis of connective tissue in cartilage and bone. Plus it is involved in many other important tasks, including the formation of thyroxine, the main hormone of the thyroid gland.
No less important is magnesium, as it works synergistically with calcium and plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid to insure the proper digestion of nutrients.
And last but not least, copper is active in an enzyme that produces tissue proteins, collagen, and elastin. Copper is also necessary for the development and maintenance of bone, joints, and skin.