Beetroot is low in fat, rich in vitamins, mineral and potent antioxidants.
Because of its sugar content, beetroot is delicious eaten raw, but it is usually cooked or pickled. It has an extraordinary nutritional value, especially the greens, which are full with iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroot is a great source of folic acid, fiber, manganese and potassium.
This vegetable has long been used in medicine, primarily for liver disorders because it stimulates the liver’s detoxification processes. It was really popular in Roman times when it was used to treat fever, constipation, wounds, skin problems, and also as an aphrodisiac.
Beetroot includes extremely high concentration of nitrates and as many studies have shown, it reduces blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.
According to a study directed in London, only a glass of beetroot juice a day significantly decreases the pressure.
Another study, conducted in Melbourne shows that the pressure is considerably lowered only six hours after consuming half a liter of beetroot juice.
Scientists say that the number of deaths triggered by cardiovascular diseases will be reduced by 10% if more people drink beetroot juice.
It increases the strength and reduces the progress of dementia and tumor growth. According to a study in 2010, consuming beetroot juice elevates blood flow to the brain in older people, so it has the power to fight the progress of dementia.
The betacyanin in beetroot reduces the growth of prostate and breast tumor by 12.5%.
Nutritionists advise consuming beetroot for digestive problems as well, pointing out that it is also good for the liver because it helps in the toxins procession.
This is how you can prepare beetroot juice:
You can either prepare juice only with beetroot, or you can add apples, strawberries, ginger too.
Here is one recipe including apples and one-inch piece of ginger.
You will need:
-1 large beetroot
– 1 one-inch piece of ginger
Run the beetroot and the ginger through a juicer. Cut the apples into quarters, remove the cores and peel them. Run the quarters through the juicer too and mix the apple juice with the beetroot and ginger juice. Add ice if you like the juice cold and enjoy your healthy drink.
If you like to make the juice including beetroot only, do not put anything else but beetroot.