Beet juice provides some very powerful benefits and only a small quantity, one to two ounces a week, is sufficient to attain them. It is best to juice the whole beet inclusive of roots, stems and greens as most of the minerals and vitamins are stored in the greens. In fact beet greens contain more iron than spinach and offer greater nutritional value on the whole than the beetroot on its own. The juice may be consumed on its own or combined with other fruits and vegetables to produce a healthy refreshing drink.
Beets are best when consumed raw as the most beneficial compounds like betalains are lost during cooking. Additionally oxalic acid, found mostly in high levels in beet greens is harmful when cooked, but when used in moderation in the raw form, it is beneficial. Individuals who have kidney stones or are on a restricted oxalate diet should use Beet Greens Juice sparingly. Consumption of beet juice may turn urine and stool red. This is perfectly normal and not a cause for alarm; an estimated ten to fifteen percent of U.S adults experience this phenomenon.
Beet & Greens Juice
- 1 beet with greens
- 1 spear celery
- 1 medium sized green apple
- ½ lemon juice
Thoroughly wash all produce with cold water and slice the beets, greens, celery and the apple into sizes that will fit the juicer with ease. After juicing add the juice of half a lemon, chill and enjoy.
Juice of beets and greens is an outstanding source of vitamin C, betaine, and salicylic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), calcium, iron, potassium, sulfur, and choline. Beet juice also supplies elevated amounts of minerals that make liver and gall bladder stronger and provide the building blocks for cells.
Health Benefits Beet Juice
The oxalic acid in raw beet juice is known to dissolve inorganic (bad) calcium. Calcium deposits are a major cause of chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer, heart disease, eye problems, and arteriosclerosis. This explains why beet juice is linked with providing relief from symptoms related to these diseases.
Beet juice provides 27% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid which is known to prevent birth defects. The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin in beet juice are very beneficial to eye health and they are destroyed if cooked. The betaine protects liver and the bile ducts. Beet juice is very good at healing gout, it lowers homocysteine, serum cholesterol, and normalize blood pressure and elevates the stomach acid production.