Know Your Ingredients: Beetroot Extract

by Gio


What it is
Beetroot Extract is derived from the root of the Beta vulgaris plant.

What it does
Beetroot Extract has antioxidant properties.
It is also a coloring agent, often used to replace carmine.

Side effects
Beetroot Extract is generally considered to be safe.


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Janessa April 7, 2012 - 10:59 pm

Beta vulgaris, aye? I want to learn commonly used scientific names too haha. 😀 I think it’s really amazing that you post daily!

beautifulwithbrains April 8, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Janessa, scientific names can be quite complicated and confusing lol, but it’s still good to know them. 🙂 Aww thanks, I’m glad you like it. 🙂

Shandi Naugle April 8, 2012 - 12:30 am

Wow, that’s crazy. What is this used in generally?

beautifulwithbrains April 8, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Shandi, it is usually used in color cosmetics such as lipsticks to give them a pink/reddish color.

Sophie April 8, 2012 - 2:51 am

I’d like to know what this ingredient is used in, also. Is it cosmetics, skincare or something else. And I want to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and admire your intelligent writing.

beautifulwithbrains April 8, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Sophie, mostly in cosmetics such as lipsticks. It is usually used instead of carmine to give them a pink or red tint. And aww thank you! I’m really glad you enjoy it. 🙂

Marie April 8, 2012 - 8:07 am

Happy Easter!

beautifulwithbrains April 8, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Marie, thank you! Happy Easter to you too!

Marianthi April 8, 2012 - 9:16 am

Very interesting blog, I love your posts.
To answer some of the above, I know that beetroot extract is used mostly for food colouring. I am not aware of any other use, but I would like to hear more.

beautifulwithbrains April 8, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Marianthi, I’m so glad you do, thanks!

That’s right, it is used as food coloring, and also in cosmetics for the same purpose. 🙂


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