My husband and I have been making our own juices for about a month. Each having one juice a day. We’ve both found that we feel “juiced” or amped up after drinking a juice or mainly vegetables and sweetened with fruit. My biggest problem with juicing is my husband asking “Why is that good for you?” on everything I suggest we juice and try. So, I find myself looking up the benefits to fruits and vegetables all the time, trying to beat him to the punch!
Beets are our newest juicing addition. Not only do we both love the color it gives but it adds sweetness to our juice.
Now you are probably asking the same question as my husband:
What are the Benefits of Drinking Beet Juice?
First let’s talk about it’s deep color. And let me give you a fair warning, cutting up beets for the juicer will results in staining anything it touches, while I didn’t wear gloves, I did clean my cutting board and washed my hands right away! Beets get their color from something called Betalain. Betalain is a powerful antioxident, anti-inflammitory and detoxifier. It’s been known to aid in reducing the risk of blood clots, reducing bad cholesterol, and protecting your cells and liver from toxins.
Beet roots are high in folic acid and manganese. The green leafs are high in vitamin A (127% RDA), Vitamin C (50% RDA), vitamin K (500% RDA) as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and magnesium, sulfur, silica and choline (see the chart below for details).
Traditionally, people use beet juice to heal: anemia, liver, skin, kidneys, lymphatic circulation, tiredness, eye, liver, skin problems, detoxification, cancer. Beet juice may kill fungi, is a strong antioxidant and has anti inflammatory properties.
Beets also contain raw oxalic acid which also aids in removing calcium deposits, which many, including Raw Food Nutritionist, David Wolfe, believe calcium deposits are the main cause of many chronic diseases. This may explain why beet juice has been shown to aid in relieving many diseases and conditions related to calcium such as:
- heart disease
- kidney stones
- eye problems
- varicose veins
I’ve personally suffered from kidney stones, gallstones as well tonsil stones, so I know first hand how these things can be formed from calcium deposits. And even though I’ve had my gallbladder removed, and have not had kidney stones in over 12 years, I still get tonsil stones every few months. I’m hoping by adding beets to my diet will reduce the occurrence of these rather annoying tonsil stones (tonsiliths)!
Please note that beets are also best eaten or juiced raw and the Betalain and it’s Raw Oxalic Acid breakdown when cooked and lose their health benefits. Because of their detoxification benefits some may experience detox symptoms if you take in more than 1 ounce of juice a day.
But there are still MORE Benefits! Who knew, right?
Relieves Skin Problems
Drinking beet juice regularly may also relieve skin inflammation such as acne, blemishes & promote healthy skin and hair growth.
One of the huge benefits of beet juice is that research shows the beet to be cancer-preventive. The betacyanin that beet juice contains, helps prevent the formation of cancerous tumors and also detoxifies the body of all harmful toxins.
Together with dissolving the bad calcium these beet juice benefits may be extremely effective in the prevention and possibly reversal of many types of cancer.
There has been research and success with leukemia, colon, lung and skin, liver, and spleen, breast, prostate and testicular cancer. This seems to be the case, even at a very low dose. (Google “beet juice cancer” for more info.)
Prevents Birth Defects
What is one of the first things we do when we find out we are pregnant? We get Prenatal Vitamins! Why? Mainly for the folic acid. 100 grams of beet roots contains 27% of the recommended daily dose of folic acid, which is known to prevent various birth defects in babies.
Raw beet greens contain two carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. Science reports them to be extremely beneficial for the eye – especially the retina. One of the benefits of beet juice (raw) is that you can absorb the carotenoids easily while maintaining the value – these carotenoids are easily destroyed when cooked.
Additional Benefits to Beets
Beet juice is reported to be excellent in healing gout, kidney, gall bladder & liver health, as well asAnemia, . It lowers homocysteine, improves production of stomach acid, reduces bad cholesterol and normalizes blood pressure.
Beet Juice Recipe
I’ve found this to be a great starter recipe utilizing the beet for your health.