Is beetroot good for you? Or is it all hype? Raw or roasted, boiled, pickled or juiced, beetroot has had a great PR job over recent years, being hailed as a ‘super food’ by numerous experts.
Here are 5 Unknown Benefits Of Drinking Beetroot Juice First Thing In The Morning you probably never knew about. Beetroot is one of the most powerful vegetables on the planet and for a very good reason too. This post will explain exactly why you need to start adding beets to your daily diet.
Note: If you are allergic to beetroot or have food allergies, we highly recommend getting an allergy test or refrain from consuming this vegetable just to be safe.
5. Beetroot Juice Can Prevent Strokes & Heart Attacks
Beetroot juice has been shown to reduce high blood pressure. It affects an estimated 25% of the world’s adult population and is a significant factor in coronary heart disease and strokes.
Researchers at Barts’ Hospital (London) and the London School Of Medicine found that drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure, for over 24 hours after drinking.
Whilst most of us wouldn’t fancy a pint of red stuff every morning, the research gives us a very big hint that including at least some beetroot in our diet on a daily basis will be good for us.
4. Beetroot Is Your Liver’s Friend
The betacyanin in beetroot can help detox your liver, having a knock-on effect for your bloodstream, by helping the body to eliminate toxins and potentially preventing the build-up of fatty deposits.
So if you have found yourself ‘over-indulging’, adding some raw beetroot or beetroot juice to your diet can help you recover. Then again, why save it just for the ‘morning after’?!
3. Beetroot Can Cheer You Up
Beetroot has been shown to contain the compound betaine, which enhances the production of the body’s natural mood-lifter serotonin. So it would seem that munching fresh beetroot can literally make you smile.
Betaine is also really useful for cardiovascular health.
2. Provides vitamin C
Having the right amounts of vitamin C in your body will strengthen your immunity, prevent cell damage, increase collagen production and remove free radicals from your body. Beetroots are very rich in vitamin C, therefore, drinking a glass of beetroot juice every morning will provide your body with all those benefits.
1. Immune System Booster
Beetroot’s amazing range of vitamins and nutrients have been shown to boost your immune system, helping you better fight off infection. These nutrients help stimulate the reoxygenation of cells and the production of new blood cells. Pretty important stuff!
Please keep in mind that after drinking beet juice, you may experience a change in your urine color which may be pinkish or bright red.
If you suffer from low blood pressure, you may want to limit your beet juice intake and monitor your pressure regularly.
People with kidney stones or prone to calcium oxalate kidney stones should refrain from drinking beetroot juice. Beetroot juice contains oxalates that form crystals in the urine leading to sones.