Some people cringe at the thought of beets, but they are actually quite tasty and are packed with so many nutrients that are good for you. We love to use beet juice in a number of different dishes and even ice cream. Have an open mind and discover why you should be incorporating beets and its juice into many of your meals.
Beets have been used traditionally to heal people from various conditions, including fever, constipation, tiredness, and skin problems among others. Yet despite these amazing benefits, not many people eat them, much less drink their juice.
Beet juice is rich in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help to maintain optimum health. It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, antioxidants, nitrates, as well as minerals such as, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, folic acid, and sodium. Beet juice helps to prevent cancer, relieve skin problems, boost stamina and lower blood pressure among other benefits. Here’s a look at each of them in details.
Reverses Chronic Diseases
David Wolfe, the world’s number one raw food teacher, suspects that most chronic diseases are caused by inorganic (bad) calcium deposits. Beet juice contains raw oxalic acid, which is known to be a good solvent of inorganic calcium deposits. Because of this, it helps to reverse chronic diseases related to calcification in the body, such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, kidney stones and arteriosclerosis.
When calcium dissolves, toxic chemicals, viruses and heavy metals are released from their hiding places. This can cause strong detoxification symptoms, especially in persons who drinks lots of beet juice daily. Therefore, health experts advise that beginners restrict their consumption to one ounce, and increase the amount gradually.
To help boost the immune system and release the toxins safely out of the body, eat raw foods rich in enzymes and medicinal herbs such as clay, garlic, chelate, E3 Live, zeolites etc.
Protects Against Cancer
Beetroot juice contains betacyanin, a pigment responsible for its purple-red color. This pigment is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance that prevents the formation of cancer-causing compounds. In particular, drinking beetroot juice has been found by research to protect against colon, stomach, skin, breast, liver, prostate, lung and breast cancers.
Beet juice helps the body to respond to exercise better by balancing stamina and oxygen use. It’s therefore not surprising that many people who drink the juice have reported having increased energy to perform intense workouts for a longer period of time.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Drinking beet juice has also been found to lower blood pressure significantly, and sustain the drop in BP for up to 24 hours after consumption. In many cases, it’s recommended to eat whole foods to benefit from all the nutrients and fiber. However, doctors recommend that people should drink juiced beetroot to get maximum blood pressure benefits. This is because juicing ensures that one gets 100% of the phytonutrients in beets that help in reducing blood pressure.
Beets are also great blood builders, thanks to their high iron content. Iron regenerates red blood cells, and supplies the body with fresh oxygen. Because of this, drinking juiced beets is a great way to keep anemia at bay. Women, who lose blood monthly during menstruation, will find beetroot juice very helpful in preventing anemia.
Relieves Skin Problems
Regularly drinking this juice promotes healthy growth of skin and hair, and eliminates various skin problems (e.g. acne and dandruffs). Those who suffer constantly from dandruffs should try massaging a mixture of beetroot juice and vinegar into their scalp. Leave the mixture on for about one hour, before rinsing. This should be done daily until the dandruff clears up. Be warned that this mixture smells a bit awful, but it’s a little price to pay for a dandruff-free hair.
Promotes Liver Health
Beetroot juice cleanses the body from toxic substances that causes liver toxicity and bile diseases such as jaundice, food poisoning, vomiting and diarrhea. Squeeze of lime in the juice to increase its efficacy in treating the above diseases.
Raw beet greens are rich in two carotenoids: zeaxanthin and lutein, which are very beneficial for the eye, particularly the retina. Since cooking destroys these carotenoids, experts recommend that people should drink juice from raw beets to increase the absorption and effectiveness of these two carotenoids.
Regularly drinking this juice also helps to relieve chronic constipation. This is due to its cellulose content that eases bowel movements.
Juicing Beets In Your Own Home
Now the best way to get the freshest juice from any type of vegetable or fruit is to have your own juicer. There is nothing like it. It is a convenient, preservative-free and ultra-healthy way to get your daily servings of dietary vitamins and minerals. If you do not have one, we recommend that you seriously consider getting one. There are lots of quality juice extractors to choose from and it should be no problem to find the best juicer for your kitchen. We personally use Breville juicers because of their pure speed when juicing. They are also easy to clean and they look great on our kitchen countertop. But that is just our personal preference.
If beet juice does not sound too pleasing by itself, you can add different fruits like strawberries or lemons to help mask the taste while still getting all of the health benefits.
Just Beet It (Bad Pun)
Overall, there’s so much to gain from drinking beet juice. Protection against various forms of cancer, improved stamina, and reduced blood pressure, are just some of the reasons people should start drinking this juice. Your urine and stool may turn red, but there’s nothing to worry about; it’s perfectly normal.
Here is a great video that will further shed some light on the power of beets and why you should be eating or juicing them.