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  • 1 Semmelweis University 2nd Department of Medicine Budapest Hungary
  • 2 Corvinus University of Budapest Department of Genetic and Horticultural Breeding, Faculty of Horticultural Science Budapest Hungary
  • 3 Hungarian Academy of Sciences Chemical Research Center Budapest Hungary
  • 4 Tessedik S. College Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agricultural Water and Environment Management Szarvas Hungary
  • 5 Corvinus University of Budapest Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Food Science Budapest Hungary
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Redox homeostasis can be considered as the cumulative action of all free radical reactions and antioxidant defences in different tissues, which provide suitable conditions for life. Transition metal ions are ubiquitous in biological systems. Beta vulgaris var. rubra (table beet root) contains several bioactive agents (e.g. betain, betanin, vulgaxanthine, polyphenols, folic acid) and different metal elements (e.g. Al, B, Ba, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Zn), which act on the various physiological routes. Therefore we studied the effect of this metal rich vegetable on element content of the liver in healthy rats. Male Wistar rats (n = 7) (200 ± 20 g) were treated with lyophilised powder of table beet root (2 g/kg b. w.) added into the rat chow for 10 days. Five healthy animals served as control. We found significant accumulation of Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Zn and P in the liver, which was proved by ICP-AES measurements. We suppose that the extreme consumption of table beet root can cause several disturbances not only in cases of healthy patients but, e.g. in patients suffering with metal accumulating diseases, e.g. porphyria cutanea tarda, haemochromatosis or Wilson disease-although moderate consumption may be beneficial in iron-deficiency anaemia and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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