If you have never drunk beetroot juice before, it’s time to give it a try. You will be surprised to learn that it is loaded with some amazing health benefits.
Beetroot has such a striking colour and flavour, that you’d expect more people to enjoy beetroot juice than actually do.
This vegetable is often ignored, thanks largely because of its unique flavour. However, if you do not like beetroot, it is important to realise that over the last few years, its popularity has been steadily growing as a super-food.
As well as helping your body to absorb iron, beetroot is full of Vitamin C and extremely low in fat. You may be familiar with the root in jars with vinegar.
But did you know you can also eat the leaves, which have a more bitter flavour compared to the root which is sweet to taste? They are, in fact, very rich in Vitamin A, iron and calcium.
It is best to eat beetroot uncooked and raw because the cooking process can kill off most of the nutrients. While they can be added to salads, it is often easier to just stick them in the juicer and makes some beet juice.
They are probably one of the most healthy vegetables you can use to make juice. Potentially, one single glass of juice could give you all the minerals and vitamins you need for that day, in concentrated form.
If you need to be convinced some more that beetroot juice is as healthy and beneficial as it is made out to be, in the post below we will look at some of the most unexpected benefits of drinking this kind of juice. Then we will show you how to make a truly delicious and simple beetroot juice.
1. Maintains Your Blood Pressure to a Healthy Level
There is evidence to support the fact that beetroot juice can be used to maintain your blood pressure to a healthy level by lowering it temporarily. It is thought this has to do with the nitrates present in beets.
These natural nitrates increase the levels of nitric oxide in your blood vessels and help to provide your muscles, heart, and brain with more oxygen. This, in turn, reduces your blood pressure.
2. Gives You a Healthy Glow
When you are healthy on the inside, this will show more on the outside. Beetroot juice is known to be a great purifier of blood and as it is rich in Vitamin C it helps to even out your skin tone while clearing any blemishes you have.
With this in mind, when you regularly drink beetroot juice, you can give your face and skin a natural and very healthy glow.
3. Great for Using as a Natural Detox
Betalains are a form of Phytonutrient that has powerful detoxification, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It just so happens that these compounds are found in beetroot. It has long been regarded as a particularly potent food when it comes to protecting your liver.
Beetroot juice can help to flush any toxins out of your liver and body and keep this important organ clean in general. this works in conjunction with other compounds such as glycine and methionine that stop the build-up of fatty acids and help to encourage your liver cells.
4. Increases Your Stamina and Energy
Beetroot juice is great for helping to open up your blood vessels to boost the amount of oxygen pumping through your body – helping you to feel more active and energetic. This is why it is generally recommended that you drink beetroot juice first thing in the morning to help your liver wake up properly.
As it helps to boost the oxygen flow to your muscles, it often promoted by experts as being the perfect drink for a workout and something most athletes should use too.
5. Excellent for Digestion
You may find it unsurprising really, but beetroot contains high levels of fibre in its pulp. Fibre helps to regulate your digestive system and can relieve painful and uncomfortable constipation. There are many people who serve that beetroot juice helped them to deal with their upset stomach.
6. Decreases Blood Glucose Levels
Interestingly, beetroot is actually fairly high in sugar, but it can help balance and maintain healthy levels of blood sugar. It has been shown in studies that beetroot in your diet will not contribute to a high concentration of glucose in your blood.
This is because beetroot’s natural sugar content is released into the body very slowly and gradually and prevents the chance of sudden increases. When consumed in juice form, it is thought that beetroot could be helpful for diabetics.
Beetroot, Celery, Apple and Carrot Juice Recipe
- 1 x Beetroot (small)
- 2 x Carrots
- 2 x Oranges (peeled)
- 1 x Celery stick
- 2 x Apples
- 1cm Sliced Ginger
Wash all of the ingredients well and remove any mud or dirt from their surface. To help the juicer do its job better, cut the beetroot and apple into quarters. The other fruit and vegetables do not need to be cut any smaller unless you are directed to do so by the manual for your juicer.
Put each of the ingredients in the juicer. Once you have juiced all the ingredients, take the resulting liquid and pour it ice and enjoy!
By Valerie S.