Using Beets to Cure Your Liver and Detox Your Blood
Beets are much more than a simple root vegetable. Deep within their bright purple core, lie antioxidants and vitamins that are very beneficial to your health. You can consume them in different ways, on their own, or accompanied by other ingredients, such as apple.
Beets, a light and healthy ingredient
The Spanish Nutrition Foundation indicates that beets have a high water and fiber content, making them very light. They promote good intestinal transit and can help to prevent constipation when eaten regularly as part of a balanced diet.
They’re also a source of potassium and folates, substances that promote good health throughout the body, including the liver.
- Potassium is essential for the functioning of nerve and muscle cells. It helps maintain normal blood pressure and contributes to the regulation of processes such as protein and glycogen synthesis. Moreover, it plays a decisive role in determining resting membrane potential which, in turn, generates action potential, essential for normal neuronal and muscle function. Also, it helps to maintain water and acid-base balance.
- Folates is a generic term for a number of compounds that perform a similar function to folic acid (pteroylglutamic acid or PGA) which are involved in carbon transfer reactions. Folates act as a coenzyme in multiple acceptance reactions, redox processes, and in the transfer of carbon units, including nucleotides and certain amino acids.
Do you love beets? Do you enjoy their refreshing, earthy flavor? Do you prefer them raw or boiled with a little oil and salt? If so, then you should know that you’re enjoying a really healthy vegetable. It’s even good for your liver!
Source of antioxidants
Beets are rich in beta-carotene, carotenoids, and flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that give them that distinctive and attractive color.
Experts from the Spanish Heart Foundation stated that the presence of antioxidants in foods is fundamental, “Not just because they activate and preserve the natural organoleptic properties, but because, when ingested, they effectively protect the health of consumers”.
In 2012, the New England Journal of Medicine published an interesting clinical trial that explained that patients with fatty liver disease showed significant improvements when they ate a diet rich in antioxidants. More specifically, it showed that the treatment reduced inflammation and fat levels in the liver. This is due to a type of antioxidant: betalain.
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How to use beets to care for your liver
Experts say that, in order to cure the liver and purify the blood, you should ideally consume beets raw on a regular basis. One great option is to grate them, eat them in salads, and combine them with some grated carrot, for example.
If you prepare beets in a healthy way, combine them with other nutritious foods, make sure to eat them in moderation and in healthy portions, you can enjoy all the benefits they have to offer. Below, we’d like to show you a beet smoothie recipe that’s super easy to make:
- 1 apple (red or green)
- 1 glass of water (250 ml)
- 2 small carrots
- 1 medium beet
- Start by washing all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Peel the carrots and cut them into small cubes (or thin slices).
- Separately, cut the beet into small cubes.
- Core the apple, throw away the pips, and cut it into cubes as well. There’s no need to peel it.
- Put everything in a blender, add the cup of water, and blend until smooth.
- Taste it and make some changes if necessary (adding more ingredients to make it thicker, or adding water to make the mixture thinner).
- Serve and enjoy (in moderation) with a meal, such as breakfast, or with a snack.
Beet juice: a healthy complement
It’s important to bear in mind that, while these types of drinks can allow you to supplement your diet in a healthy way, they aren’t enough to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to function properly on their own. As such, it’s important to enjoy them as part of a healthy lifestyle.