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By Yosha Khurana

Beetroots are a nutritional powerhouse and can fight a whole host of conditions, from bad skin to low haemoglobin levels

Beetroots have been granted superfood status and with good reason. These roots are packed and dense with nutrients, water and have practically no fat. Many swear by a serving a day to better overall health and longevity. And beetroot juice is just as beneficial as the vegetable!

Though this versatile vegetable can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled, it’s easy to incorporate beetroot in your life as a juice. Here are eight reasons you should start drinking beetroot juice today:

Nutritional powerhouse

If your haemoglobin count is low, your doctor and countless others would have already suggested adding beetroot to your diet. Beetroots contain almost all vitamins and minerals one requires but are also quite modest in terms of calories. They are a good source of potassium and folates. They also contain nitrates, pigments and plant compounds that have several health benefits. These are responsible for the improved haemoglobin levels that beets are renowned for.

TIP:Start small, increase your intake slowly. Beetroot juice can prove to be quite strong and the digestive system may need some time to get used to it.

Better Heart Health

Consumption of beetroot juice regularly can contribute to better cardiovascular or heart health. The nitrates in beets turn into nitrate oxides that dilate blood vessels, which results in the blood pressure dropping, taking care of one of the leading reasons for heart failures, attacks and strokes. Nutrients such as flavonoids also help keep cholesterol under check. It can also help improve muscle power in people with heart failure.

Works Wonders for Brain Health

The nitrates present in beets support blood flow helping combat the natural effects of ageing and also brain health. They are also rich in iron, which further helps to curb anaemia and even dementia. Certain studies also point to improved performance of the frontal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for cognitive thinking, behaviour and memory.

TIP: Other ingredients, vegetables or fruits (such as berries) that support brain function can also be added to beetroot juice if that is the primary concern.

Has Anti-Cancer Properties

The betalains, which are antioxidants present in beetroots, are thought to be free radical scavengers, which help locate and destroy unstable cells within the body. Though the research on the subject is fairly limited, it’s also quite promising. With its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, along with the nutritional content, beetroots can prove to be a vital aid to prevent or combat cancer.

TIP: Excess juice has proved to be counter-productive

Detox For The Liver And Stomach

Beetroot juice can prove to be a potent cleanser or detoxifier for both the liver and the stomach. The antioxidants in beets can significantly cut down the toxins already present in the liver and can even help prevent further accumulation of the same. It can relieve or prevent constipation and support digestion.

TIP: A glass of beetroot juice is also a great home remedy for an upset stomach.

Improves Exercise Stamina

Since consumption of beetroots can increase blood flow and oxygen, beetroot juice can make one feel more active and energised. For the same reason, it is often considered a great pre-workout drink, which increases the flow of oxygen to the muscles preparing them for the stress ahead.

TIP: Beetroot juice is a good wake-up drink.

Helps Maintain Healthy Weight

Beetroot juice has a lot of nutrition with practically no calories and can help you maintain healthy body weight. Along with reducing deficiencies, making your body more receptive to weight loss, it improves digestive function, which can improve nutrient absorption and may even counter fat accumulation

TIP:Prepare for a change in the colour of their urine or stools.

Gives You Glowing Skin

Vitamin C and B in beetroots can help clear blemishes along with uneven skin tones and even counter the effects of ageing. Beets also act as natural blood purifiers and can help combat acne, making your skin appear healthier and glowing.

TIP:Consume juice consistently for best results

Avoid beetroot juice if…

  • You have low blood pressure or kidney stones
  • Have sensitive digestion
  • Unstable blood sugar


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