Using Beets to Cure Your Liver and Detox the Blood
Beets are a light vegetable rich in fiber. You can enjoy them in all kinds of different ways: in salads, meals, and even in drinks.
Beets are much more than a simple root vegetable. Deep within their bright purple core are antioxidants and vitamins that are very beneficial to your health. There are all sorts of ways you can include them in your diet, whether 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 which promote good health throughout the body, including the liver.
- Potassium is essential for nerve cell and muscle function. 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. It also 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, earth flavor? Do you prefer them raw or boiled with a little oil and salt? If the answer is yes, 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 – all powerful antioxidants that give them that distinctive, attractive color.
Experts from the Spanish Heart Foundation have stated that the presence of antioxidants in food 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 which 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.
Using beets to detox your liver
It’s said that, in order to cure the liver and purify the blood, you should ideally consume beet raw on a regular basis. One great option is to grate them, and combine them with some grated carrot.
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 Cup of water (200 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 beetroot 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.
It’s important to bear in mind that, while this kind of drink can allow you to supplement your diet in a healthy way, by themselves, they’re not enough to provide the body with all the nutrients it needs to function properly. As such, it’s important to enjoy it as part of a healthy lifestyle.