Beets are a wonderful addition to any juicing recipe, not only because of the sweet kick that it can give your drinks, but also for the powerful benefits it can have on your health. Introducing this potent root vegetable into your diet can have positive effects on your energy, stamina, and blood pressure. Beets first became popular because of their sugar content, but in recent years its overall nutritional impact has come more into focus.
Nutrients Found In Beets
The roots of the plant are high in folate and manganese while the green leaves are nice source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Beets are also packed with calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitabmin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as nitrates and dietary fibers.
Health Benefits of Beet Juice
Newer scientific studies continue to show just how powerful beet juice can be and the positive impact it can have in different areas of the body.
Beet juice contains oxalic acid which has been known to work against bad deposits of calcium inside of the body.
Beet juice has long been used to detoxify and cleanse the liver. It helps to thin the bile that the liver produces making it easier to flow into the small intestine. The liver has hundreds of functions it performs for the body and keeping it clean can help in numerous ways such as boosting energy and immune system levels and regulating the body’s metabolism.
The body converts the naturally occurring nitrates found in beets into nitric oxide, which helps promote the flow of blood in the body and it can work to help lower blood pressure.
Nitrates can also have a significant impact on the uptake of oxygen during exercise allowing individuals to last up to 16% longer according to a 2009 research study. Incorporating the chemicals found in beet juice can have a major benefit on endurance for athletes and those who exercise regularly.
Other Quick Facts
Beetroot is associated with improving the digestive health, particularly fat digestion in addition to perking up the body’s metabolism. Beetroot juice absolutely cleanses the intestines, stimulates their performance and improves peristalsis. It also stimulates the nerves in the intestine. For people suffering from hypochlorhydria, beetroot juice may help reduce stomach acidity.
Beets are a good source of carotenoids like zeaxanthin and lutein, the two compounds which are beneficial for the health of the eyes, especially the retina. Consuming raw beet juice makes the absorption of carotenoids by the body much easier. Caratenoids in beetroot juice also improve the quality, thickness and shine of the hair. It aids in blood circulation which nourishes the hair follicles, thereby promoting hair growth. The natural silica in beetroot juice improves gloss of the hair.
Drinking beet juice on a regular basis can be beneficial for some individuals in the prevention and care of skin inflammations like boils and acne. The anti inflammatory property of beets can help soothe and lessen flare ups of these conditions.
Beetroot contains a pigment which is known as betalin. This is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The high antioxidant content and phenolic compounds of the juice help remove free radicals that can cause cell damage and lead to premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles. It also prevents oxidative stress.
Raw oxalic acid present in beetroot juice is a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits in the body. Inorganic deposits has been sighted as the major cause of chronic diseases, therefore, customary consumption of beetroot juice mitigates the body from calcification related diseases like kidney stones, varicose and arthritis.
Beetroot juice is highly beneficial for pregnant women since the folic acid found in the juice may reduce the risk of certain birth defects and also helps tissue growth and proper development of the baby’s spinal cord.
Because of its high sugar content, anyone who needs to monitor their blood sugar levels on a regular basis should consult with their physician before increasing their juice consumption of beets.
Since beet juice may also lower blood pressure, those taking blood pressure medication should also talk with their doctor before adding beet juice to their diet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the reddish pigment found in beet juice is not easily absorbed and excess amounts will give urine and feces a red coloring. This can be alarming for folks not expecting this.
Beets Are For Everyone
This little root vegetable can benefit all types of individuals from athletes to the elderly. Packed with numerous vitamins and minerals, those looking for something sweet and healthy to add to their diet should try throwing in a few beets into their juicer and taking advantage of all it has to offer.
Below is a video of a mobile chef juicing beets and discussing why his customers drink it and love it. The particular juicer in the video is the Omega J8006.