Some of the organic benefits of Beetroot Juice

Check out the health benefits of Beetroot Juice

The common beetroot that is normally cooked and sliced or grated for salad is from the species Beta Vulgaris and the family Chenopodiaceae. Beetroot is commonly cooked, but the juice of raw beetroot contains a host of health benefits, and is classed as a super food in todays nutritional jargon.

It does not really have a very strong taste and is pleasant to drink, it has a sweet and earthy taste. Our director, Edward Smith, takes a glass of beetroot juice three or four times a week and also adds a teaspoon of barley grass to the juice, to create an invigorating easy-to-make raw vegetable drink.

What is important to know is that beetroot juice is high in nitrate which is changed to nitrite, by bacterial anaerobes found on the surface of the tongue.

Beetroot juice contains a host of nutritional compounds

Minerals: Beetroot juice contains magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium as well
as small amounts of copper, selenium, zinc, iron and manganese.

Amino acids: It contains trace amounts of various amino acids, (including D-amino
acids [Alpha Amino Acids]) which help to build proteins and for use by the body.

Antioxidants: Various antioxidants flavonoids and carotenoids are found in the juice.
They fight and destroy free radicals in the body and help to fight premature aging
and to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Vitamins: Beetroot juice also provides vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and folic acid
(folate) B9.

Other ingredients: The deep red color is produced by betacyanin and is seen as an
anti-cancer agent for colon cancer. Silica is also present which helps to utilize
the calcium in the body and strengthens the bones, hair and skin. Also of importance
is the glycine betaine contained in beetroot juice. The daily intake of beetroot
juice has a host of health benefits, and these benefits are not merely folk-lore or
based on anecdotal evidence, but are supported by good solid clinical investigation.

Reducing blood pressure (hypertension): Beetroot juice within an hour of consuming
it and therefore helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure, which in turn helps to
prevent heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.

Anemia and low blood hemoglobin: The iron content in the juice is most useful to people
who have problems with low hemoglobin and anemia. It aids in the absorption of iron,
which increases the blood count and  improves blood circulation and the oxygen-carrying
capacity of erythrocytes (the red blood cells).

Cancer: Heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) can be formed during the cooking of meat
and fish and are associated with an increased risk for cancer, but the juice of
beetroot can help to negate this problem.

The betacyanin contained in beetroot (the beetroots deep red color pigment) has
also been linked to fight cancers. Studies showed that it is helpful in reducing
precancerous esophageal lesions and tumors.
The Betanin in beetroot has proven effective in fighting both skin tumors and
liver tumors in a study done on mice where the cancers were artificially created
and then treated with beetroot.

One study suggests that cigarette smokers may want to look at adding beetroot juice
to their diet, as it helps to expel cancer forming agents. In a German study, which
looked at alternative treatments used by cancer patients, beetroot juice rated the
most popular of all alternative cancer treatments.



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