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Beetroot Juice

  • 13th February 2014 |
  • Author: Iris

 

 

Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice is a favorite of foodies but there’s far more to this sweet, earthy-tasting, ruby-red interior vegetable.    Beets are a superfood and full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.   They are also very cleansing!

 

Sidebar:    When it comes to juicing, it is advisable to not combine fruits and vegetables.   Apples are the only exception because they tend to be neutral and not interfere with maximum digestion and assimilation of nutrients.  It is also best to consume beetroot juice on an empty stomach.

 

Ingredients

• 1 beetroot (small)
• 2 carrots (medium)
• 3 celery stalks
• ½ cucumber (peel if waxed)
• 1 apple (peel if waxed)
• ½” ginger root

 
Wash all vegetables using running water. Scrub root vegetables with a stiff vegetable brush to remove all traces of dirt. Remove the tops from the carrots and beets; peel the carrot and beetroot if skin is tough. Peel cucumber and apple if they are waxed. Dice all ingredients up into chunks. Juice. Pour into chilled glass and drink immediately. Enjoy!

 

Calories:   One 2” (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.

 

Health benefits of beetroot juice:

• Lowers blood pressure
• Rebuilds red blood cells; good for iron deficiencies and anemia
• Helps with menstrual cramps and PMS
• Fights cancer; rich source of carotenoids (which is the anti-cancer king)
• Improves circulation
• Calms the nerves
• Improves the health of the liver, kidneys and bladder
• Cleans the intestines
• Reduces constipation

Nutrients found in beetroot:

• Vitamin B
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
• Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
• Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
• Folate
• Chlorine
• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Sodium
• Phosphorus
• Potassium
• Copper
• Chromium
• Magnesium
• Zinc
• Selenium
• Amino Acids

 

Adding beetroot juice to your diet once or twice a week is beneficial to your overall  health.

 

Caution:   Anyone with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid consuming beet greens and beetroot because they are high in oxalate. Beet greens have a higher concentration of oxalate than the beetroot..

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