There are plenty of 'super foods' out there that people associate with huge health benefits and these include things such as tomatoes and garlic. However while these well known superfoods get all of the hype and all of the media attention, there are many more out there that are just as useful and just as powerful but which sadly don't get the same attention. Beet juice is just one of these unsung heroes in our diet and while the benefits aren't as well known as some other foods, they are regardless just as potent. Here we will look at some of them.
Benefits of Beet Juice
The benefits that you do ear about beet juice tend to be its work as a blood purifier and builder. Beet juice can help in the construction of red blood cells which help to carry oxygen around the body. This then means that it can help to prevent anemia and improve energy levels. This is due to the presence of iron in high quantities which is what the oxygen binds to in red blood cells. Your beet juice does more for the blood though too – because it contains nitrate it causes dilation of the blood cells and that means that more blood gets around the veins – thereby reducing high blood pressure. This then can prevent heart attacks and strokes and can further help to improve circulation thereby beating lethargy and breathlessness.
Beet juice is also a good source of fiber, and this means that it can further reduce blood pressure by reducing cholesterol. Cholesterol is caused by the buildup of fat deposits around the veins and arteries which restrict blood flow and can sometimes cause blockages which lead to heart attacks or strokes. Fiber also helps to improve digestion by clearing toxins in the digestive tract and can have a detox effect through the body. Many of us don't get enough fiber in our diet, so this is a great way to change that.
Beet juice is a great source of energy containing lots of carbohydrates that are easy for the body to break down. If you need a boost in the morning then why not use beet juice? At the same time beet juice contains vitamin B6 which helps the body to get the energy out of the carbohydrates – so in other words this is a bit like taking several energy supplements all at once. On top of this the iron content in beet juice will also help to improve your energy, as will the nitrate which will help your body to get oxygen and nutrients around your body more quickly.
Beet juice can prevent cancer in a number of ways and is a great antioxidant. This antioxidant effect comes mainly from the vitamin C and betalains content and this will work to eradicate 'free radicals' in the body – toxins that normally attack the cell walls thereby causing damage which can be visible on the surface, or which can go deeper and affect the nucleus and the DNA thereby causing mutations that lead to cancer.
Further though, studies suggest that beet juice can be used in order to beat cancer (to beet cancer... ?) by breaking up tumors thanks to the inclusion of betacyanine. Because of its detox effects, beet juice is particularly useful for preventing colon cancer.
Beet juice has also been found to be useful in breaking down kidney and bladder stones and preventing them from forming as a result of the betacyanine and the fiber.
Other Vitamins and Minerals
Beet juice is packed with nutrients and this makes it a very valuable addition to your five a day. Specifically it includes vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, B1 and B2, betalains, iron (even more iron than spinach – someone tell Popeye!), sodium, chlorine, copper, iodine, potassium, calcium and more. So on top of all the benefits mentioned previously you can also anticipate the benefits that come from most other fruits and vegetables including improved bone strength and immune system.