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Juicing Beets

juicing-beetsFor those that cannot tolerate the flavor of beets there’s always the option of juicing.

One advantage of juicing beets is that it’s simply easier to drink the juice of two beets rather than consuming them whole.

The Health Benefits of Beet Juice

Beets are perhaps best known for lowering blood pressure. But it’s also good for the following.

Diabetes: Beets are high in alpha-lipoic acid, which is an antioxidant that has been shown to lower glucose levels and prevent oxidative stress in patients with diabetes.

Inflammation: A key nutrient in beets called choline helps fight chronic inflammation. Choline is a water-soluble nutrient which also has been shown to help with sleep as well as improve memory.

Exercise: This high-nitrate vegetable can increase endurance by reducing the oxygen cost of exercise. What this means is that athletes simply have more stamina during rigorous workouts. Those who suffer from fatigue due to cardiovascular or respiratory diseases can benefit from this super food as well.

How Much Beet Juice Can I Consume?

Although beets is considered a super food, consuming too much of anything could pose a risk to your health. When juicing beets you are consuming all of the sugar of the plant and not getting any of its beneficial fiber.

One danger of consuming too much beet juice is the accumulation of iron in the body. Although beets do not contain as much iron as green leafy vegetables, consuming too much juice can possibly lead to damage of the liver and pancreas. It’s best to keep things in moderation.

Beets also contain oxalic acid which can accelerate kidney stone formation in some people. If you suffer from kidney stones, ask your doctor if you can consume beet juice.

Can I Store Home-Made Beet Juice in the Fridge?

Along with any other fruits or vegetables, juicing beets can potentially form harmful bacteria if not consumed right away. The juice sold in stores are pasteurized which kills bacteria and therefore can be refrigerated for weeks.

It’s best to juice one or two servings at a time and drinking it right away.

If you’re first starting out with beet juice it’s best to start out slowly. Start with a half-beet the first week and then slowly work your way up to one beet per week. Once your body can tolerate it you can juice daily.