You’ve probably had this root vegetable in salads, and usually cooked, but you probably never guessed how enjoyable and nutritious it can be when added raw to a smoothie.
In today’s article we’ll tell you some things we bet you don’t already know about the benefits of drinking beet juice. Prepare to be amazed!
What do beets contain?
When beets are cooked, they lose some of their most important nutrients (as is the case with most foods). But when you consume them raw in juice or smoothie form, you can enjoy extra:
- Vitamins A, B, and C
- Folic acid
- Antioxidants like flavonoids and carotenoids
- Amino acids
- Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium
- Soluble and insoluble fiber
- Natural sugars
What are the main benefits of drinking beet juice?
Check out the many benefits beet juice or a smoothie made with beets can have:
Reduce heart problems
Because they are excellent at reducing inflammation, beets are recommended for people who have suffered from heart disorders or may be at risk.
We recommend you read: How to survive a heart attack if you’re alone
Fight free radicalsBeets contain betalains and lospolifenoles, antioxidants that neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. When you accumulate too many of these compounds in your body, it can cause premature cellular aging and promote the development of diseases like cancer.
Related to our previous point, beet juice can also help fight the growth of malignant tissues that can become cancerous, so it’s a good idea to add it to your diet as a preventative measure.
Several studies have shown that beets can even minimize the formation of tumors, particularly in the pancreas, breast, and prostate.
Increase athletic performance
Many athletes drink this dark red juice before competitions because it improves lung capacity. Studies indicate that you could see up to a 16% improvement in performance when consuming beet juice prior to exercise, training, or a competitive event.
Balance blood pressure
Drinking two cups of beet juice a day is a good idea for people with high blood pressure because it helps lower your levels. The nitrate content in this vegetable is responsible for that effect.
Beet juice helps you digest certain foods, reducing that “heavy” feeling in you stomach and improving your digestion in general. As if that weren’t enough, beets stimulate the appetite in people who are bed-ridden.
They improve the function of your thyroid gland
Gout is associated with low levels of iodine (something that is surprisingly common in developed countries). Eating foods that provide this important mineral, such as beets, however, can reduce or even eliminate this problem. Chard and garlic are other natural iodine sources.
Slow the aging process
We’re not only talking about the skin here, but also your organs and body in general. Beet juice contributes to a healthy brain. It also helps you recover more quickly from injuries and slows the formation of premature wrinkles.
Beets contain an important nutrient called betaine that fights stress and related inflammation. It also protects your organs from disease, and promotes recovery after an injury or surgery.
This effect is thanks to the content of folic acid and iron.
Stop fluid retention
Beet juice is recommended for people who have edema or fluid retention in the legs. This is because it contains high amounts of potassium and sodium, while having diuretic effects. It should be consumed by people who suffer from:
- Kidney stones (unless they were formed by excess amounts of calcium oxalate)
Beet juice increases your production of urine, helping you eliminate excess fluids and harmful waste products like uric acid.
It promotes detox
This juice stimulates proper function of the kidneys, liver, and intestines, helping your body remove waste and toxins more quickly and efficiently.
Beets are both low in calories and satisfying at the same time. You can add grated beet to your salads to boost the fiber content and avoid constipation or becoming overweight.
Improve pre-natal health
The high content of folic acid is excellent for pregnant mothers and the developing fetus. Beets will ensure good development during the first several weeks of gestation.
Once you’ve given birth, you should continue to consume beets to reduce your risk of certain infections. As your child grows, it’s recommended that they consume beets to prevent vitamin deficiencies and promote healthy development.
See also: Pregnancy after age 35
How to make beet, carrot, and apple juice
Now that you know what this unique and delicious vegetable is all about, it’s time to learn how to make it into a juice! We’ll give you a great recipe that combines two other superfoods.
For years, the Chinese have used this “miracle drink” to prevent and treat a variety of ailments.
The main properties of this beverage include:
- Improving the immune system
- Eliminating free radicals
- Slowing the growth of cancer cells
- Cleansing the body
- 1 beet
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- 1 cup of water
- 1 lemon (optional)
- Wash all the ingredients and peel them.
- Chop them into small pieces.
- Add everything to a blender along with the lemon juice, if you choose.
- Process until you have a homogeneous liquid.
- Add a few ice cubes if you prefer to drink this beverage chilled.
- Try having it twice a day: first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and later during the day as a snack.