If you care about your health, then you’re probably looking for all sorts of ways to improve your well-being and energy levels. Did you know that one of the easiest ways to improve your health is by juicing? It’s a great way to extract all the necessary vitamins and ingredients from raw vegetables and fruits. Especially drinking a glass of beet juice every day can help you with a ton of different health problems. And that is exactly why today’s article is about the health benefits beet juice.
Health benefits beet juice
Beets have been around for a long time. Even the romans were famous for eating a lot of beets. Because they already knew about all the good things that beets could do for them. Even though some people may not like the taste of raw beets (if you’ve never tried it: they have a very ‘earthy’ taste). The best way then to consume beets for all their benefits is by drinking it as a juice!
Nutritional profile of beets
Here is the nutritional profile of raw beets. One cup (136 grams) of raw beets contains:
- 59 calories
- 14 grams carbohydrates
- 2 grams protein
- 16% of your daily requirements of vitamin A
- 2% of your daily requirements of calcium
- 12% of your daily requirements of vitamin C
- 7% of your daily requirements of iron
As you can see drinking a good glass of beet juice offers you many vitamins and nutrition that you need. On top of that beets also contain the following nutrients: folate, potassium, zinc, pantothenic acid, choline, manganese, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus betaine, magnesium, copper and selenium.
2 Types of people who can use daily beet juice
- Athletes who want to improve their performance – beets contain nitric oxide. Even though all vegetables contain this, beets contain almost 20 times more nitric oxide than others vegetables. It’s a great thing to drink for athletes as it improves the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your muscle will be able to exert more power.
- People who want more energy – if you find yourself with low energy throughout the day, you might want to drink a glass of beet juice every day. The Nitrates in beet juice increase energy and can make you more energetic.
6 Benefits of drinking beet juice
Health benefits beet juice #1: Beet juice detoxifies your body
Drinking beet juice will help your liver to deal with all the toxins in your body. Because beet juice contains methionine and glycine betaine. These 2 compounds help to prevent the build-up of fatty acids in the liver. This in turn makes your liver more effective in detoxifying your body.
Health benefits beet juice #2: Helps lower your blood pressure
We’ve talked before about the nitric oxide that beets increase in your body. And these compounds are great for lowering blood pressure. Studies have shown that people drinking raw beet juice for a month experienced lower blood pressure. Beets contain more than 20 times the amount of dietary nitrates compared to other vegetables. These nitrates help to increase the natural nitric oxide production in your body and this helps decrease your blood pressure.
Health benefits beet juice #3: May help protect you from cancer
People who were in far stages of cancer have shown great improvements when given a daily glass of beet juice (10 ozs) for 4 months. Because of all the nutrients in the beet juice their liver was better able to attack the toxins of the cancer.
One Hungarian physician named Alexander Ferenczi even used raw beetroot juice in 1950 to treat patients who already had undergone chemotherapy.
Health benefits beet juice #4: Fights inflammation
The betaine that is found in beets is very potent to help fight inflammation. It works by protecting cells, enzymes and proteins from environmental stress. It also helps to improve the function of your organs and other body tissues.
Health benefits beet juice #5: Increases energy
Because of the healthy nitrates that beet juice contains, it increases your energy. One study found that drinking beet juice before exercising allowed the participants in the study to work out for 16% longer. This benefit is because the nitrates in the juice help increase nitric oxide. This in turns makes oxygen more available to your muscles.
So if you find yourself with low energy throughout the day, you might want to drink a glass of beet juice every to boost up your energy!
Health benefits beet juice #6: Can improve your sexual performance
The Romans already knew this. They used to eat raw beets whenever they wanted to improve their sexual performance. Luckily we can just drink the more tasty juice! Beets contain a mineral called boron which is linked to higher production of sex hormones. On top of that, the nitric oxide will increase blood flow and also help to start up your sex drive.
Sample recipe with beet juice
Since most people find the taste of raw beets too earthy, I want to give you a sample beet juice recipe. This is a great juice if you want to experience all the benefits of beet juice, but don’t like the taste of beets. Here it is:
- 1 regular sized beet
- A small cup of pineapple
- 1 apple
Wash all the ingredients and put them in your juicer. The apple and pineapple also work great to help reduce inflammation. I recommend you make this juice 3 times per week if you want to see the benefits mentioned in this article. Of course you can drink it every day if you’d want to, but 3 times is enough to see all the benefits!
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