With regular consumption, beetroot juice can lower high blood pressure, purify blood, and improve circulation. It can also cleanse and improve the health of the liver, kidney, bladder and intestines, and help prevent colon cancer. Beetroot juice is also a rich source of B vitamins, vitamins C and A, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and powerful antioxidants. However, beetroot juice is a powerful cleanser that you should drink moderately in small amounts and dilute with other vegetable and fruit juices to prevent the body from detoxifying too quickly. Adding other fruit and vegetable juices also tames beetroot juice's potent flavour.
Choose a small beet that is firm and smooth, not soft or shrivelled. Not only are smaller beets sweeter than larger beets, but half of one small beet yields 29.6ml of beetroot juice, which is just the right amount of beetroot juice you need each day to reap its health benefits.
Cut off the leafy green top of the beet. Rinse the beet and scrub it with a produce brush to remove any dirt that running water does not remove. Peel the beet, if desired or if the skin is too tough.
Cut the beet in half or in quarters, depending on the size of your juicer and its motor strength.
Rinse and prepare any other fruits and vegetables that you want to mix with the beetroot juice, then cut them into small enough chunks to fit your juicer. Try two carrots, one celery stalk, half a cucumber and 1 cup of pineapple chunks, or any other combination of fruits and vegetables you like. Add an apple or fresh ginger into the mix to sweeten the potent flavour of beetroot juice.
Juice half or all of your beet one chunk at a time, according to to your juicer's instructions. Beets are hard vegetables that may strain your juicer's motor and take time to juice, but don't force the juicing process. Juice the other fruits and vegetables of your choice one chunk at a time, then mix with the beetroot juice.
- Remember to drink beetroot juice in moderation, or 1 to 2 ounces each day, and always mix with other fruit and vegetable juices. Drinking beetroot juice straight may temporarily paralyse vocal chords, increase your heart rate or cause hives, chills or a fever.
- Do not drink beetroot juice while pregnant.
- Beets and beetroot juice may cause your stools and urine to turn pink or red, so don't be surprised or worried - this is a harmless side effect.
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