Growing up, I hated beets. My mother used to tell me if I didn’t eat them, that my blood would turn green. Despite being “forced” to eat beets, I have grown to love them… even the way my mother used to serve them: pickled, canned beets with a dollop of mayonnaise on them. Great memories! For many of us, beets are vegetable that is usually pickled, boiled, or baked and many people including me are beginning to use it for juicing. Beet juice is naturally sweet, and when combined with other root vegetables such as carrots and maybe some fresh apples, a beet juice drink can deliver a powerful, nutritious punch. Evidence is growing in support of beets as a super food, and by looking at some of the benefits of drinking beet juice, its an inexpensive and tasty way to add more nutrition to your daily diet. Some of the benefits include:
Improved Digestive Health
Beet juice has been shown to improve digestive health in a variety of ways. Beet juice can cleanse the intestines and aid in the digestion of fats. Drinking beet juice regularly can result in stimulation of the intestinal nerves, and it can be beneficial to people who suffer from hypochlorhydria, which is a condition that increases the acidity of the stomach. Additionally, the high fiber content found in beets can keep waste moving through the intestines at a consistent pace.
Improved Blood Supply
Beet juice is high in antioxidants and iron, both of which are imperative for proper blood supply. The iron found in beet juice is especially helpful for people who suffer from problems with low hemoglobin or anemia, as it can facilitate iron absorption to improve blood circulation and increase blood count. Beet juice is also a good source of nitrates, and these compounds can improve blood flow through the muscles, heart, and brain.
Studies have shown that the betanin found in beets may actually contain the potential to prevent certain cancers. Betanin can help to prevent the formation of tumors, and it provides a helpful role in detoxifying the body against harmful toxins. Beet juice has been shown to have an impact on people who suffer from cancer of the stomach by inhibiting the mutation of cancer cells, and it is also thought to have a positive impact on breast, skin, prostate, and lung cancers.
Immune System Boost
Juice derived from beets has been shown to effectively boost the immune system while fighting inflammation. Beet juice can protect from age-related degeneration and recurrent infections. Regular consumption can lead to less fatigue, greater levels of endurance, and increased stamina, all of which can lead to more energy and vitality.
As a major source of powerful antioxidants, beet juice benefits the skin by neutralizing the effects of free radicals, and this can help to prevent the premature signs of aging. This beverage can prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and the lycopene found in beet juice can maintain the elasticity of the skin while protecting the body from the sun. Therefore, beet juice can ultimately prevent against sun damage, sunburn, and even skin cancer.
When consuming beet juice, it is important to remember that only a small dose is necessary to lead to major health improvements. By adding this beverage to your diet, even in small quantities, you can take advantage of the many benefits that the beet has to offer.
As a way to add more nutrients to my daily diet, I love to experiment with various juice combinations through out the week so I get a wide variety of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables into my diet.
- 2 beet roots peeled and rinsed
- 1 Granny Smith apple cored
- 3 carrots peeled
Cut fruit and vegetables into 1" chunks. Add ingredients to juicer a couple pieces at a time. Be sure to follow manufacturers instructions on how to use your particular juicer. Drink right away to maximize nutrition.