Every part of the beet provides health benefits; roots, stems and greens. Eating raw beets can be a bitter experience, but as with other vegetables it is in the raw state that most benefits are obtained, especially when used in some juicing recipes. There are ways to get around this bitter taste. In salads, the stems and greens can be sweetened by adding strawberries, tangerines and other fruit. The beet root is wonderful when juiced with a strawberry, lemon and green apple combination. Do not let the bitter taste keep you from trying beets. You can, for example try some of the juicing recipes offered online.
According science research, beets contain the following:
- Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Magnesium
- Vitamins A, B2, B6, C and E, Niacin, Iron, Zinc
- Folic acid
- High oxalate
- Naturally occurring nitrates
What Beets Can Do for You
A key health benefit of beets comes from the flavonoids. Flavonoids are reported to have antiviral, anti-allergic, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor and antioxidant activities. To get the most from the beets juice, I would suggest to use one of Breville’s juicers on fast speeds, just like a carrot juice recipe and other yummy juice recipes.
How to Juice the Beets
The following is a list of some of the health benefits of beets:
- A rich dietary source of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates that help improve blood flow making it great for juice fast
- Blood, circulation and heart health including lowering of blood pressure
- Weight loss (consider these weight loss juicing recipes)
- Delayed energy from high carbohydrate content
- Memory: stimulates the brain eliminating toxins and providing good mental health
- In the detox juice recipes it works as a purifier that aids in the purification and maintenance of the liver
- Flavonoids make it a potent anti-cancerous food
- High iron content makes beets a great natural source for women during pregnancy when iron needs an extra boost
- Blood purifier and as a result helps in maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system
- Rejuvenating properties found in the high proportion of folic acid in beets help you maintain that youthful exuberance (better and cheaper than those store bought high priced creams, ladies)
- High fiber content that aids the body’s waste elimination thus reducing the amount of toxins that hang on in your bodies
Beets have been proven to fight, slow down and inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. The beet betalains provide some cancer prevention especially against colon cancer. Because of the oxalate content of beets, people who have a tendency to make oxalate kidney stones may want to avoid beets and in particular beet juice. If you are concerned about the nitrate content of beets, these are naturally occurring and are not harmful to the body, unlike cured foods like hot dogs and bacon that are known cancer-causing compounds. The naturally occurring nitrates of beets and other vegetables such as spinach and radishes convert to nitrites during digestion.
Here’s another link if you wish to learn about other health benefits of juicing, fruits and vegetables.