Benefits of Beet Juice
While eating whole fruits and vegetables is usually the best way to ingest key nutrients from foods, the numerous benefits of beet juice are most efficiently ingested from juicing. Beets are rich in both antioxidants and nitrates, which helps to protect the liver and lower blood pressure. Nitric oxide helps to increase the ability for muscles and tissues to use oxygen, which, in turn, increases stamina and ability to exercise. A study by Siervo et al shows the statistically significant benefits of drinking juice, and beetroot juice in particular to help lower blood pressure. Systolic blood pressure showed the most improvement in the study.
This recipe was originally part of a 3 day juice cleanse diet. Although a little time consuming, this richly textured, beautifully colored juice is now a healthy treat I look forward to making often!
- 2 Beets
- 6 Carrots
- 2 Large Granny Smith apples
- 1 Lemon
- 1 1/5 – 2 tbsp Ginger
- Wash all your produce!
- Separate and chop produce to make it easier to put through a juicer or blender
- Slice or peel off the lemon rind before adding it to your mix
- Cut off the tail and leaves (but leave the stems) of your beets
- Liquify all ingredients by adding about 1/3 cup of water each time you add new group of ingredients
- Have a strainer and large bowl ready to collect the juice
- Use a spatula to press the blended ingredients down- to squeeze as much juice as possible
- This will produce about 3-4 cups of beet juice
- Remember to add a generous amount of ice cubes to your glass of juice. The colder the better!
Siervo, M., J. Lara, I. Ogbonmwan, and JC Mathers. “Result Filters.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 11 Aug. 2013.
LoGiudice, Pina, and Peter Bongiorno. “The Benefits of Beet Juice.” The Dr. Oz Show. N.p., 14 May 2013. Web. 11 Aug. 2013. <http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/benefits-beet-juice>.