The ruby essence of the ordinary beet could easily be called a superfood. Beetroot juice has been traditionally used to treat circulatory, bladder and menstrual problems. Barts and the London School of Medicine and the Peninsula Medical School in the United Kingdom suggested that beetroot juice could also significantly reduce blood pressure. As beets contain calcium, iron, and vitamins A and B-6, they add nutrients to any diet. However, a beet's powerful properties can easily be overdosed, so use in moderation.
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Scrub beet thoroughly. Trim ends, and peel the outer skin.
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Cut beet into pieces small enough to be handled by the juicer or blender.
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Place beet cubes in the juicer, and operate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Alternately, place cubes in blender on high until ground to a fine pulp.
Strain the beetroot pulp through a cheesecloth-lined mesh strainer and squeeze out all of the juice if you use a blender to juice the vegetable.
Add apple juice to the beet juice and enjoy.
- Moisten the cheesecloth with warm water before straining the beetroot pulp.
- Beet leaves are high in nutritional content and can be juiced with the root.
- Drinking pure beet juice can cause hives, rapid heart rate and other unpleasant side effects. Never drink it without an additional element, such as apple juice.
- Drinking too much beet juice can cause your urine and/or stool to turn red.