Beets are recommended to be added to your daily eating regimen because of its numerous health benefits. It has a phytonutrient content known as betalains – a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, as well as, detoxification effects. Moreover, it has the ability to prevent certain types of cancer, heart diseases, and birth defects.
Here Is A List Of Six Good Reasons Why You Should Include Some Beets Into Your Life:
1. Beets in the Fight with Inflammation
Inflammation is the main cause of lots of chronic diseases and health issues. A part of beets known as betaine can protect the cells, enzymes, and proteins from stress in the environment. While protecting the body organ, it can also prevent inflammation thus, protecting the body from all kind of chronic issues.
2. Beets Prevent Cancer
The phytonutrient content of beets is the one responsible for its red color. According to studies, the extract from beetroot can reduce the multi-organ tumor malformations and is effective in the case of breast, pancreas and prostate cancer.
It also aids in lowering the risk of cancer due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Detox Your Liver With Beets
The nutrients from beets can detoxify the body as well as act as an antioxidant for the body. Betaine aids the liver in releasing toxins and pectin eliminates the toxins gathered in the liver. Betaine has anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to encourage the body to detoxify.
4. Beets Lower The Risk Of Birth Defects
Beets have lots of fiber and vitamin C as well as manganese and potassium. These ingredients are the one responsible for the regular function of pancreas, nerves, muscles, bones, kidneys, and liver. Also, its folate content (which is a B vitamin), can lower the risk of birth defects.
5. Beets Lower Blood Pressure
According to some researchers, in just a short period of time, beet juice can regulate blood pressure. It is proven that a glass of beet juice can reduce a person’s blood pressure even to 4-5 points of hours. The reason for this is that the nitrates in beets are turned into nitric oxide in the organism. Beets also provide relaxation and enlargement of the blood vessels which reduces the blood pressure as well as bursting the blood flow at the same time.
6. Beets Against Constipation
The body needs fiber in order to empty the intestines. Beets have enough fiber which is good for bowel movements leading to the elimination of waste in the intestines. Beets contain betacyanin, a photochemical compound that can prevent and treat colon cancer.
How To Make A Basic Beetroot Juice Using A Blender Or Food Processor
4 small beet OR 2 large beets
1/4 cup (60 ml) water (optional)
*This makes 1 serving
1. Trim the ends. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the greens off the top of the beetroot.
2. Clean the beets. Rinse the beetroots under cool, running water. Use a vegetable brush to scrub off any dirt you cannot scrape away with your fingers.
Beetroot skin contains plenty of nutrients, so if it’s relatively thin, you should clean the skin and leave it intact for the juice.
On the other hand, if the skin seems notably tough or dirty, you can peel the beetroot using a vegetable peeler or paring knife before continuing further.
3. Quarter the beets. Cut the beetroots in half, then cut each portion in half again.
If the pieces are too large for the appliance, you could burn out the motor. Most juicers, blenders, and foot processors can handle quartered beetroot, but if you have a low-powered appliance or an older model, you may need to cut each quarter in half.
4. Combine the water and beets. Place the beetroot chunks and water in a high-powered blender or food processor.
Since beetroots are such hard vegetables, most blenders will have difficulty processing them dry. Adding a splash of water should help the appliance move more smoothly at the beginning of the process.
5. Blend until smooth. Puree the beetroots with the water at high speed. Continue until you no longer notice any large pieces of beetroot.
Even though the juice should be relatively smooth, it will still seem quite chunky. You’ll need to strain the juice from the pulp before it’s ready to drink.
6. Line a bowl with cheesecloth. Cut two 24-inch (61-cm) long pieces of cheesecloth. Stack the two on top of one another, then fold them in half to create four layers. Place the layered cheesecloth inside of a large bowl.
If you don’t have cheesecloth, consider using a jelly bag. Wrap the jelly bag as is over the mouth of a large measuring cup or bowl.
In a pinch, you could simply use a fine-mesh strainer. Balance the strainer over the mouth of a large bowl.
7. Strain the puree through the cheesecloth. Pour the contents of the blender into the cheesecloth. Gather the edges of the cloth together over the pulp, twist the opening closed, and squeeze down on the bundle to force the juice through the cloth and into the bowl beneath.
Follow the same procedure if you use a jelly bag.
If you use a fine-mesh strainer, use a rubber spatula to press down on the pulp, squeezing as much juice out as possible.
Note that you should wear a pair of food-grade rubber or plastic gloves while working with the beet pulp. Otherwise, the beetroot juice will stain your hands red.
8. Drink the juice. Discard the pulp and pour the beetroot juice into a serving glass. Enjoy it immediately or drink it after the juice has chilled in your refrigerator for 30 minutes.
You can technically save beetroot juice in your refrigerator for one or two days, but it tastes best when consumed immediately.