Benefits of Beet Juice
The Amazing Advantages Of This Little Red Root!
The benefits of beet juice are numerous. High in nutrients, this overlooked root which spends its entire life underground until it comes to the table. It is not only a liver cleanser and blood builder, but contains antioxidant properties, as well.
There are several different types of beets, but the most common are table beets and sugar beets. Table beets, also called garden beets, are round and red in color and are most commonly used to make fresh beet juice.
Sugar beets resemble white parsnips except that they are thicker at the top of the root than most parsnips.
Benefits of Beet Juice
Nutrients: Beets are a source of Vitamin A, B, (folic acid) C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, carotenoids and dietary fiber.
Liver Cleanser: They exert a strong diuretic washing action upon the liver and flush out body fats.
Beet Root is used to not only detoxify the liver and spleen, but helps with treatment of many other liver ailments, such as cirrhosis, jaundice and other diseases of the liver.
Naturopaths and herbalists also use beet root supplements and fresh beet juice to treat alcoholism-induced liver ailments.
Blood Builder: Beet juice stimulates the lymph fluid (the straw-colored portion of the blood). Beets are also good for building blood as well as helping to balance the blood's pH balance by reducing the blood's acidity.
Low Level Iron: Beets are a prime source of a form of low-level iron which cleanses the blood cells of free radicals and flushes waste deposits from the tissues.
This low level iron is an excellent corpuscle cleanser.
Corpuscles are blood cells which may contain excess accumulations of fat. By removing the excess corpuscle fats, they can be eliminated from the body.
Betalin: Betalins are natural pigments that produce the red or gold color in beets and their leafy stems. It is these betalin pigments that after ingestion, produce a red or pink cast to urine. They can also produce a dark reddish cast to the feces.
Many people who eat beets or drink a glass of beet juice for the first time become alarmed when they see these color changes in their urine and bowel movements, however urine and bowel movements quickly become normal once again, after the beet has passed through the system.
More Benefits of Beet Juice
Protection From Rancid Fats: They contain natural chlorine, which is a mineral that energizes the metabolic process and protects the body's cells by washing rancid fats from the cells of the liver, kidneys and gall bladder, thereby helping to detoxify the body.
Folic Acid: High in folates (folic acid), they are recommended to pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant. Its high levels of carbohydrates, protein and folic acid add to the benefits of beet juice.
Cancer-Fighting Properties: Current laboratory studies show that another of the benefits of beet juice is that the betalins it contains appear to have anti-cancer properties.
Heart Health: Due to its antioxidant properties, Betaine (Betalins) prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoproteins) which can form plaque in the blood vessels. The reduction of bad (oxidized, LDL) cholesterol helps to protect the body's cells from toxins.
Antioxidant Properties Retained: Most foods lose much of their vitamin and mineral content when cooked, however, a study was performed Jiratanan T, and Liu RH researching the antioxidant activity of processed table beets also called the common beet (Beta vulgaris, var, conditiva).
The results were published May 5, 2004 by the Department of Food Science and Institute of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Stocking Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
The researchers found that during commercial processing, despite an 8% loss of Vitamin C, a 30% loss of folate and a 60% loss of color, the antioxidant properties in beets remained constant.
So, while fresh, uncooked beets contain the most vitamins and minerals, cooked beets are still an excellent antioxidant choice.
Beet Juice: Because beets can have a strong flavor, blend beet juice with carrot juice and a splash of fresh lemon juice, if you prefer.
Use one medium sized beet to 4 medium to large carrots. Drink one glass of this juice each day.
When making juice in a power juicer, leave the leaves on. They are high in Vitamin A, an antioxidant.
Beet Tablets (at Amazon.com) and Beet Root Powder are also available for those who do not like the taste of beets.
The betaine in beets has a lipotropic effect on the gall bladder and liver. What this means is that betaine helps the body utilize and transport fats properly. It assists the body to digest heavy, greasy foods and reduce the resulting indigestion and bloated feeling after a meal and is much healthier for the body than digestion aids such as Tums and Rolaids, which only temporarily change the pH of the stomach acid, and thus, throw the body out of its natural metabolic balance.
Betaine has been recommended by chiropractors and physicians as a natural aid to digestion and fat assimilation.
If you travel, no matter if you are taking the family on a vacation or if you are a full time "road warrior" and often have indigestion from eating different foods than you might normally eat, beet tablets are easy to pack and can help reduce both indigestion and digestive upsets which can sometimes be quite detrimental to staying on a travel schedule.
For more information about the benefits of beet tablets on digestion, read these Beet Tablet reviews at Amazon.com.
Once you are home, again, to receive the benefits of beet juice, simply wash the a small, raw beet, leave the leafy top on, slice it and put it through your power juicing machine.
If, after tasting the juice, you feel it tastes too strong, add more carrot juice, but don't give up. Its benefits are worth a bit of a work-around.
The next time you buy beets, instead of leaving them in their plastic bag and placing them into the vegetable bin in your refrigerator where they begin to dehydrate, wash them off and place them root end down into a bowl of water or closed container in your refrigerator until ready for juicing.
This will keep them hydrated and the juice will be milder.
If you wish to try drinking beet juice without other vegetable juices added to it, start with one beet which should yield about 4 ounces, depending on its size.
In a world full of man-made toxins, such as:
- The pesticides used on our fruits and vegetables, (many of which cannot be completely washed away)
- Environmental pollutants such as vehicle fumes unknowingly inhaled from our car's air conditioner intake when we sit in traffic
- Industrial fumes from smokestacks
- Natural pollens in the air
- Plastics fumes from carpets
- Harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach, lime remover and others which we often come into contact and don't even think about
The Benefits of Beet Juice As A Liver Cleanser
Liver Cleanser: Our liver, which filters toxic substances out of our blood, can become over-burdened in its attempts to filter and remove this ever-growing list of toxic substances, causing our bodies to develop illnesses and allergic responses.
Cleaning Your Filter: Most people change their home air filters and car oil filters on a regular basis. But, how well would your home's air conditioner be able to filter the air in your home if you never gave a thought about cleaning it for 40, 50 or 70 years? What do you think it would look like? How well would it work?
Many people perform a colon cleanse, but why stop there?
The body is a miraculous machine, but, when was the last time you thought about making sure your own filtration system was not clogged with debris, impairing its ability to keep your blood clean from this constant barrage of toxins, most of which were unheard of only two generations ago?
Clean blood helps each cell in your body to perform at its peak efficiency. When each cell is performing at optimum levels, you are more energetic, have a better complexion, have less pain, and a rosier mental outlook.
When each cell is performing at peak efficiency, your body's immune system can also work the way it should, guarding you from disease.
Many people simply take their liver for granted,... until they become ill. But, it's never too late to begin.
Even if you aren't currently aware that you have any liver ailments, the benefits of beet juice to your health as a liver cleanser and blood builder are well worth the price of purchasing vegetable and fruit juice processing equipment such as a power juicing machine.
There are a number of models of juicing machines available on the market. Stainless steel units are easier to clean because many of their parts can be placed into the dishwasher, should they become stained from juicing beets as well as all the other various juices which have gone through them.
Speaking of staining, remember too, that while the benefits of beet juice are many, beet juice stain can be difficult to remove from many fabrics.
Some of the parts of plastic juicers can also be placed into the dishwasher, but, the stainless steel models are the easiest to clean.
If you use your juicer often, making healthy fruit and vegetable juices for your family, the juicer tends to remain on the kitchen counter rather than putting it away each day.
Over time, the stainless steel models don't waterspot as badly or become brittle from the high heat of the dishwasher, as many of the plastic models do.
They just sit on the counter,...and shine.
One of the most popular brands of stainless steel juicers which get high marks in the reviews at Amazon are the Breville Stainless Steel Juice Fountains.
There are so many benefits of beet juice. Whether you choose to make fresh beet juice for yourself and your family or take beet tablets, try to find a way to add the benefits of beet juice into your daily or weekly diet.
Your health is in your hands.
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