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Beetroot is a deliciously sweet, root vegetable, like so many foods, you tend to either love it or hate it. Whilst beetroot juice isn’t something that is currently discussed around juice bar tables it has had its moments of superfood status over the last 10 years.
There has been research done into the benefits of drinking Beetroot juice, we are keen to share some of that with you.
Drinking Beetroot juice may help you reduce your blood pressure. When researched it was discovered that people who consumed at least 250ml which is around 8.4 ounces of beetroot juice every day saw a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
It is believed that compounds in beetroot juice that transform into nitric oxide when in contact with your blood cause the blood vessels to open and soften therefore allowing your blood to pass more freely.
Back in 2012 there was a small study carried out on the benefits of drinking Beetroot juice before doing sport. This study showed that beetroot juice increases plasma nitrate levels and improves a persons sporting performance.
Part of the study which included professional cyclists, the athletes drank 2 cups of beetroot juice daily saw an improvement in the time they took to complete a 10km ride but almost 12 seconds. Along with this improvement they also reduces their maximum oxygen output.
In 2015 there was another study that again points towards further benefits of consuming the nitrates in beetroot juice. This study that included people who had previously experienced heart failure, produced a result that showed 13% of the people with the prior condition saw an increase of muscle strength just 2 hours after consuming beetroot juice.
In 2011 a study suggested that similarly to the earlier points, nitrates found in beetroot juice may help increase the blood flow to the brain, especially in older people which will help reduce cognitive decline.
Following the study where partakers consumed a diet that was high in nitrates (including beetroot juice) results included an increased blood flow in the frontal lobes. It is the frontal lobes that are associated with cognitive thoughts and actions.
We definitely need more human studies in this area, however the potential for beetroot juice to aid the battle against dementia is promising.
Straight, cold pressed beetroot juice is not only low in calories but has essentially no fat. It is a fabulous ingredient for your morning juice. Adding it to your morning routine will give you both a nutrient and energy boost to begin your day.
Beetroot obtains its beautiful colour thanks to the water-soluble antioxidants which are called betalains. It was discovered in a 2016 study that betalains have a chemo-preventive propensity against certain cancer cell lines.
It is believed that betalains are thought to hunt free radicals in the body helping to discover and kill off unstable cells in the body.
Beetroot is known as a great source of potassium, which is used by the body to help your nerves and muscles function in the right way. Your body needs the minerals and electrolytes that can be found in Beetroot, so drinking in moderation will help keep your potassium levels where you need them to be.
When indeed your bodies potassium levels go beneath what it requires you may experience fatigue, weakness and muscle cramps. Extremely low levels of potassium can also cause life threatening heart rhythms.
In order to function correctly you body needs essential minerals. Minerals are used by your body to boost your immune system something that is very important in 2021. They are also used in order to improve and maintain the health of your bones and teeth.
Alongside potassium, beetroot juice will provide your body with
Your body needs B vitamins of which folate is one. You use folate in order to prevent neural tube defects which include spinal bifida and anencephaly. It’s possible that it may also decrease your risk of having a premature baby.
Being a super source of folate should you be at a childbearing time in your life, if you add folate to your diet will help you reach the suggested amount of 600mg per day.
There is a condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This is caused when your liver becomes congested due to the following reasons.
Drinking Beetroot juice will see the antioxidant betaine added to your body and this can potentially reduce the fatty deposits that may build up in your liver. It may also help guard your liver from toxins.
Are you experiencing a high level of cholesterol? Perhaps consider adding beetroot juice to your daily intake.
During 2011 a study (on rats) discovered that consuming a beetroot extract helped rats lower total bad cholesterol whilst increasing good cholesterol known as HDL. It was also seen to be reducing the oxidative stress on the rats liver.
The researchers at the time believed that the reduction in cholesterol was due to beetroots phytonutrients such as flavonoids.
We find the best juicers for Beetroot and other tough vegetables tend be our Omega Horizontal models. This is due to the length of time the produce stays inside the drum getting the most out of your beets.
The Omega NC1002HDC is one of our premium models that is guaranteed to do a fabulous job of juicing hard vegetables such as beetroot, celery or carrots. To get the most out of your juicing we suggest cutting your fruits and veggies into smaller pieces as it can increase yields up to 15%