I love to use beetroot (beets) in my juicing recipes. This amazing red root was first cultivated by the Romans and belongs to the same family as chard and spinach. Many people do not realise that both the leaves and the root can be juiced (or eaten). The leaves taste quite bitter taste, but the root tastes sweet.
Some Health Benefits of Beetroot
- Beetroots help to stimulate the liver’s detoxification processes
- The plant pigment that gives beetroot its colour (betacyanin) is thought to suppress the development of some types of cancer
- Beetroot is known to have favourable effects on bowel function and can help to prevent constipation
- Beetroot is one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract
- Studies state that nitrate rich foods like beetroot may help in heart attack survival
- Beetroot can improve athletic performance – Paralympic gold medalist David Weir announced that a shot of beetroot juice was his secret to success
- 1 beetroot
- 4 carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 1 thumb sized chunk of ginger (or a bit more if you are feeling brave!)
How to Make It
Simply juice the beetroot, carrots, celery and ginger and serve over ice.
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