Beetroot Juice Benefits

If you are going to grow your own beetroot for juicing, there are a few key things you need to know. Once you have your own delicious produce, we offer some simple instructions to follow to get the most nutrition out of your beets.

Planting Beets

Choose Your Season

There are two different times of the year when people sow their beetroot: spring and autumn. The autumn crop will stay in the ground during the winter and sprout in the spring. The spring crop will grow later in the season.

Seeds vs. Seedlings

Both seeds and seedlings are available at your local garden center, nursery, and online. Beetroot seeds are very easy to take care of, so we recommend you save some money and buy a packet. However, if you have missed the early portion of the growing season then seedlings will be your best bet.

Pick Your Location

The soil is key to growing nutritional beets. The type of dirt they thrive in is moist, fertile, and neutral with a pH between 6.5 and 7. The best texture is soft: not too much loam and not too much clay. A sunny, open location is best.

Plant Your Seeds or Seedlings

Seeds should be spaced 4 to 6 inches apart, planted 1 inch deep. If you are sowing directly in the ground, plant them in rows. The seeds should be ready 8 weeks after planting when they are the size of a small apple (1 to 3 inches wide).

You can also grow beetroot in pots. Make sure they are at least 8 inches deep and 6 inches wide. Using multi-purpose compost, fill the container up. Then, sprinkle some seeds across the top and cover with 1 inch of pure compost.

Pro Tip: A wooden shed organized for gardening will be immensely helpful.

Caring for Beets

Water Daily

Do this until you see leaves emerging from the stem. As soon as the sprouting begins, water every 10 days to 2 weeks when the weather is dry. Beetroot grows well with normal rainfall.

Prune

Once the leaves are around 1 inch long, remove the smallest plants. There should be at least 4 inches between seedlings. Cut them instead of pulling them out to prevent upsetting neighboring roots.

How to Juice a Beet in 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Clean the Beetroot, Stems, and Leaves

Use cold water, and a vegetable brush if necessary.

Step 2: Cut off the Beet Top and Bottom

Half an inch is enough.

Step 3: Cut the Beet into Small Pieces

Each hopper is different, so cut the slices in a size appropriate for the model you own.

Step 4: Place the Leaves, Stems, and Beetroot Pieces in the Hopper

Step 5: Turn off the Machine and Check the Receptacle

Is the pulp wet or dry? If it is still relatively wet, take the pulp and put it through the hopper again. If not, you are finished! Beetroot can be refrigerated up to 3 days.

Warning: Do not consume beetroot if you have kidney stones or follow a low-oxalate meal plan.

There are so many benefits to beetroot juice, it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, I have put together a comprehensive list of beetroot juice benefits for beginners. As a personal favourite, it wouldn’t be fair for me to keep this awesome superfood to myself!

Top 20 Beetroot Juice Benefits

Benefit #1: Detoxification

Beetroot juice is detoxifying, in that it cleanses your liver from toxins. It also stimulates the growth of new cells in the liver. Fatty acids will not build up due to the glycine betaine and methionine contained in beet juice.

Benefit #2: Lowers Blood Pressure

Beet juice naturally lowers your blood pressure and keeps it low for a full 24 hours. This is due to the nitrates that naturally occur in beets. In fact, beetroot has 20% more nitrates than any other vegetable.

Systolic blood pressure is lowered by 4 or 5 points with just one drink! After a month of consuming beet juice daily, drinkers have softer arteries and better function of their endothelial.

Benefit #3: Protects from Premature Aging

Beets reduce free radicals. In that way, they protect juice consumers from premature aging from the inside out. In addition, the lycopene protects skin from sun damage as well as keeping the skin nice and elastic.

Benefit #4: Fights Inflammation

Nutritionists link Betaine to lower levels of inflammation. The specific markers it reduces are interleukin-6, C reactive protein, and tumour necrosis factor alpha. Betaine does this by protecting cells, enzymes, and proteins from the stress of the environment.

Benefit #5: Improves Digestion

As surprising as it sounds, beetroot juice improves digestion. How? By stimulating your intestines. Not only that, but the vegetable helps to break down food, making it easier for your stomach. It only takes a ½ cup of juice before meals or during an upset stomach! What an inexpensive way to improve your digestion.

Benefit #6: Lowers Blood Sugar

The high amount of soluble fibre in beet juice can lower the amount of glucose in the blood. That’s great news for diabetics, pre-diabetics, and anyone else that has problems with blood sugar.

Benefit #7: Increases Energy

Do you need an energy boost before working out? If so, drink beetroot juice! One study showed beets increased workout times by 16% if the juice was drank prior to a workout. Scientists believe this is due to the nitrates that turn into nitric oxide. This increases tolerance to exercise through reducing the oxygen cost.

Benefit #8: Protects from Cancer

Scientists have found beets fight tumours. This includes leukaemia and cancerous tumours. Researchers found cancer patients with inoperable tumours showed dramatic improvements when given beetroot juice for 3-4 months. How much were they given?  A measly 10 ounces a day! It’s amazing how potent the nutrients in this vegetable are.

Benefit #9: Can Tint Hair Red

If you want to apply a healthy dye that can tint hair red, mix ½ cup black tea, ½ cup rose water, and 1 cup of beet juice. Rinse with this mixture once a week every week in order to maintain the red hair colour.

Benefit #10: Erectile Dysfunction

Drinking beet juice regularly helps men get or sustain an erection. This is due to the reduced blood pressure caused by the nitric oxide. The reduction in blood pressure allows blood to flow easily to the penis. 1 cup each day is said to be enough to help with symptoms of ED.

Benefit #11: Improves Muscle Power in Those with Heart Failure

Nitrates in beet juice are supposed to be responsible for the increased muscle power in those with heart failure. This benefit is apparent as soon as 2 hours after drinking this vegetable’s juice. A study showed a 13% increase in the power of the heart muscles.

Benefit #12: May Slow Dementia Progression

Once again, nitrates save the day. They are responsible for increased blood flow to the brain. This is especially true in old people showing signs of mental decline. The increased blood flow is to the frontal lobe, which is responsible for behaviour and critical thinking. Beetroot juice is an integral part of a high-nitrate diet.

Benefit #13: Maintain a Good Weight

This vegetable is high in nutrients and benefits, and low in calories and fat. Use this as a base to your morning smoothie or as an afternoon snack. It’s high in fibre so it fills you up while at the same time keeps your daily caloric intake right where you need it.

Benefit #14: Great Source of Potassium

Potassium is an essential part of a healthy diet. In fact, you must have potassium in order for your nerves and muscles to function in the correct manner. This is because potassium is an electrolyte. It keeps muscles from experiencing fatigue, muscle cramps, and weakness. If this electrolyte gets too low, abnormal heart rhythms will occur.

Benefit #15: Prevents Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

This type of liver disease occurs due to a bad diet, a sedentary lifestyle, and over-exposure to toxins. The betaine in beet juice reduces fatty deposits and prevents new deposits from forming. Use beetroot to help cleanse your liver and protect yourself from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Benefit #16: Applied to the Skin, Beetroot Juice Can…

* Reduce scalp irritation from a dry scalp

* Lightens skin

* Evens complexion

* Draws out impurities

* Reduces dark circles

* Removes dark spots

* Removes blemishes

* Moisturize

* Improve the overall condition of hair

Benefit #17: High Amount of Folate

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, beetroot juice is a great thing to add to your diet. Even if you don’t have children, 600 mcg is recommended.

Benefit #18: Might Help Decrease the Pain of Arthritis

Benefit #19: Might Improve Cognitive Function

Benefit #20: Juicing the Greens May Improve Eyesight

Nutritional Profile of Beets

Caloric Content: 58 Calories

Protein: 2 grams

Carbohydrates: 13 grams

Iron: 6%

Vitamin C: 11%

Calcium: 2%

Vitamin A: 15%

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