Beet probably one of the most useful vegetables offered by nature. Why? Its color gives you a clue … it is red. Like sometimes in nature, vegetables resemble the organ they serve best. The beet has the color of the blood. The organ that filters and detoxifies the blood is … the liver!
Beetroot works wonders for the liver.
Beets were initially used for their leaves. Then, the benefits of their roots were discovered. They can be consumed cooked, steamed or in juice. This last option is an excellent solution to take advantage of all the nutrients of this vegetable.
Beets are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, including:
- Vitamin C.
- Vitamin B6.
- The betaine.
- Vitamin B9.
More generally, in a beet, there is everything needed for the liver and cardiovascular system.
Let’s take a closer look.
WHY DRINK BEET JUICE?
Although it is a powerful ally of the liver (one of the most important organs of the body), beetroot is useful for the whole body and for a large number of pathologies.
1. IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Beets are rich in nitrates. These nitrates are transformed into nitrites in contact with bacteria in the mouth. This chemical combination is especially effective for activating the circulatory system and in particular for increasing the influx of blood to the brain.
2. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
Again, the high nitrate content of beets helps control hypertension. Research has shown that drinking two glasses of beet juice daily produces this positive effect.
Mechanically, the beet will rebuild the walls of the blood vessels, increase vasodilation and bring a better blood supply to the peripheral organs.
3. DETOXIFY THE LIVER
The beet is said to feed the blood. In this, it becomes the ally of the liver which sees its work facilitated by a regular consumption of beet. This is also why it is used in many juices to lose weight
4. TREATS ANEMIA (IRON DEFICIENCY)
Red beets contain a significant amount of iron and help control anemia. The consumption of red beet juice also makes it possible to regenerate the red blood cells.
5. BENEFICIAL ACTION FOR MUSCLES
Research has shown that drinking beet juice regularly increases muscle power. Athletes having introduced this drink into their daily diet have seen an increase in their athletic performance.
6. GOOD FOR THE SKIN
In the case of deficiencies, peripheral systems such as skin, nails, and hair are neglected by the body. By improving blood circulation and nourishing blood, beet juices will improve the appearance of the skin, nails, hair.
7. FOR CASES OF IMPOTENCE
When the blood does not circulate properly, it’s difficult to concentrate this one in the sexual organs. Again the beet can improve the situation by activating the circulatory system.
8. ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES
Recent studies have demonstrated the anti-tumor power of beet. It is now known for its power of protection of the cells and even allows generating new ones.
9. IMPROVES DIGESTION AND CONSTIPATION
Beetroot is known to treat digestive problems. It also helps to speed up metabolism and turns out to be a powerful natural remedy for constipation.
If we say that the beetroot juice is excellent for digestion it is for its betaine content. This molecule gives the red color of the beet. Betaine is so powerful that (alas) it is made of medicines sold under the name of betaine citrate. Betaine cleanses the liver, the gallbladder, activates the production of bile and digestive enzymes by the pancreas.
10. IMPROVES MOOD
Beet juice with leaves contains betaine and tryptophan. The properties of tryptophan in the brain are known, in particular, its ability to facilitate sleep and improve mood. Betaine is known for its positive effects on depression.
11. FIGHT AGAINST INFLAMMATION
The many antioxidants contained in beet have the benefit of improving the functioning of the immune system. Likewise, they help to reduce inflammation.
WHEN TO DRINK BEET JUICE?
Drink ideally outside or just before meals. Drinking beet juice before sports can also prove effective for athletes.
HOW MUCH CAN BEET JUICE BE CONSUMED?
Everything depends on everyone. Always, in the case of doubt or health problems, always consult the doctor’s advice. Some people may be very sensitive to beet juice.
Others will consume 2 to 3 drinks per day without this causing problem, benefiting only from the positive sides.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF BEET
Beetroot is contraindicated in case of kidney disease or obesity. Indeed, the high betaine content of this vegetable increases the cholesterol level when it interacts with folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. This compound also causes mild side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach upset.