Beets are bright and beautiful, and yet many people have never considered the incredible benefits of juicing beets, perhaps because they have quite a distinctive taste. However, even if you aren’t a fan of this purple vegetable, you might change your mind once you know that it’s been recognised as a superfood. Low fat and full of vitamin C and antioxidants, beets are actually most beneficial when raw since cooking destroys many of their nutrients, and juicing them is one of the best, quickest and easiest ways to include them in your diet.
What Are The Benefits Of Juicing Beets?
There are many benefits of juicing beets, including:
Blood Pressure Management
Beets can help to temporarily lower blood pressure due to their nitrate content which increases the amount of nitric oxide in the blood vessels and allows more oxygen to reach the muscles, heart and brain.
Juiced beets can help to improve your health on the inside, and that will be reflected in the appearance of your skin. Beet juice purifies the blood while its vitamin C content clears blemishes and evens skin tone for a more natural glow.
Beets contain a phytonutrient called betalain which provides powerful anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and antioxidant properties. It cleanses the liver to effectively flush out toxins and thanks to its glycine and methionine compounds, it prevents the build up of fatty acids.
Stamina And Energy Boost
Beet juice opens the blood vessels, increasing oxygen flow around the body. This makes you feel more active and energetic, so it is the ideal morning drink or pre-workout beverage.
Beet juice is packed with fibre to regulate the digestive processes and relieve constipation. Beet juice can also help treat stomach upsets.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Although beets are high in sugar they can help to regulate blood sugar levels since its natural sugars are slowly released to prevent sudden spikes.
Best Recipes For Juicing Beets
Some of the best recipes for juicing beets include:
This delicious beet juice recipe pairs the natural sweetness of beet with the tanginess of apple and ginger. Packed with fibre, this is the ideal morning drink to set you up for the day, or the ideal appetite-curbing mid-morning snack. Its ginger content also has excellent anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to boost immunity and help you to stay healthy.
1″ piece of ginger
Run the ginger and beetroot through the juicer then add the quartered, cored and peeled apples. Serve over ice.
Vitamin A Kicker
This juice is packed with vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes. The orange gives lots of tangy goodness and vitamin C while the carrots and beets are full of vitamin A. Ideal to start your day, this juice releases energy slowly throughout the day and contains plenty of fibre to make you feel full and to curb hunger pangs.
Add the carrots and beetroot to the juicer then extract the juice from the oranges using an orange squeezer. Add the orange juice to the mix and serve over ice.
The Royal Colour
This is the perfect drink for anyone who is keen to maximise their antioxidant intake. Dark purple vegetables and fruit contain vital nutrients like phytochemicals, flavonoids and betalains that boost your health and keep you feeling energetic. This is the ideal afternoon pick-me-up thanks to its energy boosting grapes, beets and plums.
2 cups of purple grapes
2 purple plums
Peel the beet and juice together with the grapes and stoned, peeled plums. Serve over ice.