Beets have earned a reputation as being a very healthy food. They have an impressive nutritional profile and offer many health benefits. Beets are high in the essential minerals potassium and manganese, the B vitamin folate, immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, vitamin B6 and betaine. Once you learn a little more, you just might be ready to pour yourself a glass of beet juice!
Just Some of The Many Benefits of Beet Juice:
- Boosts blood flow
- Eliminates toxins
- Promotes health of red blood cells
- Promotes heart health
- High in phytonutrients, which help decrease high blood pressure
- Detoxifies the liver
- Combats skin problems
- Promotes nerve and muscle function
- Good for bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas
- Protects the body’s cells and promotes cell regeneration
So, Why Opt to Drink Your Beets Rather than Cook and Eat Them?
Drinking beet juice helps you obtain more concentrated phytonutrients than if you simply eat beets; this is because cooking them can burn away some of their nutrients. These important phytonutrients help decrease hypertension (high blood pressure). Many love to drink beet juice that they make at home in their juicers (include some apple for a great veggie/fruit combo). Or you can pick up a jar of beet juice from your local supermarket and mix it into your smoothies. Consuming beet juice in smoothie form allows you to maximize the vegetable's nutritional content. But if you are not a juice person, eating beets still provides you with plenty of health benefits.
Superfood Becomes a Super Drink
Beets have been used throughout history to cure various maladies and disorders. Today, nutritionists and doctors laud beet juice for its ability to boost blood flow. This high-nitrate juice mixes with the mouth's natural bacteria to spawn nitrites that stimulate blood flow.
The folate found in beet juice serves to help ward off skin problems, including the formation of wrinkles. This amazing vegetable safeguards the body's cells and actually stimulates the regeneration of new cells.
Beets are also loaded with the micronutrient betaine. Betaine helps to eliminate toxins from the body, it serves to detoxify the liver and decreases the amino acid homocysteine, which harms red blood vessels, heightens the risk of heart disease and causes strokes.
With so much nutrition packed into this vegetable it’s no wonder that beets are considered a “superfood;” they have earned that status.
It's always a good idea to consult your physician before adding a daily food or supplement to your diet, and before adding beet juice to your diet consult your physician if you:
- are pregnant
- are prone to gallstones
- have gastroinestinal issues
- have blood sugar issues
- have low blood pressure
- are on any medications