December 17, 2010

Beet Juice, The Wonder Juice

Beetroot Juice is not just for Athletes or Vegetarians, it is the wonder juice that can help everyone.

The rich red color of the beetroot indicates a presence of iron. It also contains vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese and nitrates. Combined these compounds have remarkable benefits for the body.

Beet juice reduces blood pressure and improves blood flow. This effect comes from the nitrate in the Beet juice, which widens the blood vessels. Perhaps this property of beet led to its use as a natural aphrodisiac in ancient times. Beet juice is a perfect natural supplement to reduce blood pressure. Beet also discourages blood clots, helping those with heart disease.

Beet juice improves endurance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed by muscles during activity, allowing for more and better performance. This has made it a favorite amongst athletes.

Beet may also help fight cancer and is considered a top vegetable for alternative cancer care. The betacyanin in beet helps slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.

As with most vegetables, beet juice is a low calorie, fiber rich food making it a perfect food to lose weight.

A daily glass or two of juice that includes a combination of vegetables such as beet, spinach, broccoli, opo, celery, carrots, kale, tomatoes and fruits such as pineapple, grapes, apple, oranges is very beneficial for the body. A juicer such as the Breville Juicer can be used to extract the juice at home.

A few caveats - it is important to take beet juice in a combination of juices (as above), since concentrated consumption of any one can lead to side effects. Beet is also high in sugar; a juice combination also moderates the effects of sugar (via PhysOrg)