Just the rich burgundy colour of beetroot juice makes you feel good. It looks almost like a glass of red wine!
You may have hated the pickled beets found in jars and slopped onto a plate with some lettuce when you were a child, but raw beet juice is completely different. For one thing you don’t have to worry about the texture which some find unpalatable.
Beetroot juice for your skin & overall health
Most of the nutrient value of beets lies in the layer just underneath the skin – simply wash this carefully so that it doesn’t “bleed” and juice those beets.
A true vitamin bomb
From A to C, plus many more
A beet is packed with nutrients, and contains vitamins C and A in the form of beta-carotene, the B-complex vitamins, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3). Beets are also rich in the minerals calcium, for healthy bones, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium and also has lesser amounts of sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
To keep your skin young
For centuries beetroot have been used as a cancer remedy in Europe and modern research has found that the selenium and other minerals found in this root vegetable have antioxidant properties which seem to particularly decrease the risks of breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers.
For a healthy, strong heart
Beetroot juice is also thought to be cardio-vascular protective and can help to lower high blood pressure.
A study undertaken by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK has shown that beetroot juice can help athletes as they need less oxygen to perform and this means there is less stress on the heart during exercise.
It was found that the juice lessened fatigue and improved stamina but it isn’t only athletes who can benefits from drinking it. It improves blood circulation and given the amounts of potassium in the juice, so you are less likely to have muscle cramps and cardio-vascular irregularities.
The trace mineral selenium is though to improve menopausal symptoms including hot flashes or flushes, and as it mimics the action of insulin is useful for diabetics, perhaps helping to prevent secondary symptoms such as macular degeneration and cataracts forming in the eyes.
Skin & hair glamourizer
Selenium is also necessary for healthy hair and skin and is believed to slow the skin’s ageing process, helping it retain its youthful elasticity. It also helps to increase the quality of a man’s sperm and its production and also to help male potency.
Perhaps this is why this vegetable was regarded as an aphrodisiac in ancient Greece and Rome. (They ate the green tops too as they are still eaten in the Mediterranean area.)
Okay, so how much of it?
You shouldn’t go overboard with your consumption of beet juice however, as it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and this is no exception.
If you drink a lot of it you will have liver problems, and a slight side effect is Beeturia – red urine. Have a glass a day and mix it with carrot juice, celery and apple juice, try the combinations to see which one suits your palate best.
How to store it?
Beetroot can be preserved in a variety of ways for later use such as canned, pickled, frozen or stored in a cool dry environment. Alternatively you can keep them stored in a refrigerator for a couple of months by removing all but a couple of inches off the tops and placing them in an unsealed bag.
To preserve beetroot, gently wash off any soil, leaving the skin and roots in place till your ready to prepare for eating. If you intend cooking, leave the skin on along with some of the stalk to prevent the beetroot losing its colour and nutrients.
Juicing all the way!
The easiest way to get all the beetrooty goodness is juicing.
Beetroot juice is harmless and at the same time, beneficial, because it is high in nitrate content. Use raw beetroot in a juicer; you’ll find that the liquid is a stimulating drink and is also beneficial to the digestive system.
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Beetroot juice with milk – magic potion for skin
And here’s my all time favorite beetroot drink, give it a try!
- 1 medium size beetroot
- 1 small carrot
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 tbsp honey
- Basil leaves – just a few
- Wash the beetroot & carrot thoroughly
- Peel off the skin of the veggies and chop them roughly
- Put them in a blender and make fine paste along with honey
- Optional – add crushed ice and blend some more
- Add all the remaining ingredients and blend util the texture is uniform
- Serve in a glass