Beetroot belongs to the amaranth herb of the family, the brightest representatives of which are plain, sugar and fodder beet. In most parts of Ukraine and in southern regions of Russia also called beetroot or beet.
Beets are widely cultivated as a vegetable crop in almost all countries of the world and has a number of medicinal properties. Beet juice refers to the valuable food product because it concentrated all the useful properties of the root crop.
The composition of beet juice
Nutritional value of beet juice varies depending on the type of beet. On average, 100 g of juice contains:
- 1 g protein;
- 9 9 g carbohydrate;
- 1 g fiber;
- 83, 4 g of water;
- 0, 3 g of ashes;
- 14, 1 g of mono- and disaccharides;
- 0, 2 g of organic acids.
The composition of beet juice are:
- Vitamins - PP, B2, C, E, F;
- Macronutrients - potassium (148 mg per 100 g fresh juice), phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and sodium;
- Micronutrients - chlorine, iodine, manganese, sulfur and iron.
Calorie beet juice is 42 kcal.
Useful properties of beet juice
Contained in large amounts in beet juice iron and folic acid beneficial effect on the blood, improving the production of erythrocytes, increase hemoglobin levels, and consequently, improve nutrition of the cells with oxygen.
Iodine is contained in beet juice useful for the thyroid gland and improves memory.
Furthermore, salts of potassium, magnesium and sodium complex effects on the cardiovascular system and promote blood purification. Magnesium helps cleanse blood vessels from cholesterol plaques, improve lipid metabolism, and normalization of digestion. The optimum ratio of sodium and calcium contributes to the removal of calcium deposits from the blood vessel walls. Therefore, beet juice is extremely useful for thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, hypertension and other diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Beet juice affects the immune system and increases the body's resistance to various diseases.
The use of beet juice
Studies Canadian scientists have shown that daily consumption of beetroot juice reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases as well as diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
It is also noted the benefits of beet juice as a suburban power - use juice significantly increases the endurance and activity.
Beet juice refers to the vegetable juices are rich in antioxidants and natural nitrates. Nitrates are compounds that enhance blood flow in all the body, including the brain, heart, and muscle. They contribute to the expansion of blood vessels and can increase oxygen flow.
The use of beet juice for hypertension
Long time use of beet juice to lower blood pressure has not been scientifically proven, but in recent decades there have been many studies that have allowed him to include in the list of foods that are beneficial for blood circulation.
This is particularly important because in the world an increasing number of people suffering from hypertension, and the use of synthetic drugs often adversely affects the liver and provides other side effects. The effect of a portion of beet juice is stored during the day.
Beet juice is rich in dietary nitrate and other important nutrients and is a natural and inexpensive way to lower blood pressure, which is especially important because high blood pressure is recognized as a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Since the use of beet juice to lower blood pressure scientifically proven and confirmed by numerous studies conducted in different countries, you can include in your daily diet for hypertension.
The use of beet juice
Hypertension start to drink beet juice should be with small portions, gradually bringing the amount to one cup a day.
Beet juice can be used as an antiseptic for colds - they rinse the throat and buried at a cold nose.
In the treatment of anemia in the juice it is recommended to add honey.
In order to relieve fatigue and stress effectively beet juice mixed with cranberry.
To normalize the menstrual cycle women are recommended to drink the juice of beet, carrot and pomegranate.
The use of beet juice in oncology
Useful properties of beet juice has long been known in oncology. Traditional medicine classifies it to the product effective for the resolution of tumors. It is recommended to drink for a long time (one year) in small portions five times a day.
Also known is the fact that chemotherapy is better tolerated in patients receiving juice from the beets.
However, the official medicine use beet juice in oncology to reduce the tumor has not been confirmed, although it is recognized as a good prophylactic for the prevention of cancer.
The use of beet juice during pregnancy
Folic acid is a key vitamin for proper development of the fetus. It promotes the proper division of new cells and the spinal cord of the child.
To prevent birth defects, doctors recommend to increase the amount of folic acid in the diet of pregnant women. Therefore, the use of beet juice during pregnancy is very beneficial.
However, undiluted juice from beet has a strong effect on blood pressure. Therefore, doctors usually recommend to mix beet juice during pregnancy with other juices.
The best combination is considered the juice of the pomegranate, beet and grapes, to provide a sufficient period for that amount of essential minerals and vitamins. At the request of such a cocktail, you can add a little spice (black pepper, ginger, cardamom or turmeric) and salt or sugar (to taste).
Also, in order to maintain the proper level of iron can prepare the juice from the beets, pears, carrots and apples. This juice can be drunk during pregnancy almost every day, which will eliminate the need to take prescription drugs to increase iron levels in the body.
Damage beet juice
Despite the large number of useful properties of beet juice harm can occur in cases of excessive use of it. So, with care it is recommended to drink with urolithiasis. Beet juice, cleansing the liver, can cause complications in cases of stones in the bile ducts.
In addition, beet juice harm occurs when used in large quantities in severe hypotension. In this case, even one cup of undiluted beet juice can cause weakness and dizziness.
It should also be remembered that the juice from the beet has a laxative and diuretic effect, which can lead to intestinal disorders.
In the case of individual intolerance of the beet juice can cause allergic reactions, manifested as chills, fever, rash, burning, or itching.