Harvard Beets

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Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

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I don’t think I ate Harvard beets at Harvard, but I was glad to learn, in a recent number of the Harvard University Gazette, that Associate Professor of Psychiatry William A. Carlezon, Jr.’s research has shown that beets can mitigate depression—in rats. Beets contain uridine, a nucleoside that seems to make rodents lively but leaves them indolent when they are deprived of it. Whether this works on humans is not for me to say, but where is the harm in downing beets wh