Thursday, 19 June 2014

Look After Your Heart With Healthy Beetroot Juice

Beetroot juice is very potent, and it's recommended that when you drink the raw juice dilute it at least 4 times with other milder juices such as carrot, cucumber, or celery. Plus it tastes better this way too! It's a beautiful rich ruby red colour and is known to help purify the blood.

Beet Juice Recipe with Carrot and Celery

Vegetable juice recipeIngredients
  • 1 small beetroot (the small ones are sweeter!)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery

  1. Wash the vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable brush.
  2. Remove the carrot and beetroot tops, and peel the beetroot if its skin is tough. If it has a nice thin skin then just cut off the top.
  3. Slice up the vegetables to fit your juicer.
  4. Juice and serve.

For a sweeter drink I often add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots.

The green beetroot tops are edible, rich in beta-carotene, and can also be juiced. They have a strong flavour and are rich in oxalic acid which if taken in excess may form kidney stones. I find a little goes a long way.

Beetroot Juice with Cucumber and Pineapple

This makes a fabulous drink which is best consumed on an empty stomach as it's very cleansing!
vegetable juice recipe Ingredients
  • 1 small beetroot
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks

  1. Remove the top from the beetroot and scrub using water and a stiff vegetable brush to remove any dirt.
  2. Peel or wash the cucumber. If the cucumber is waxed then remove the wax by peeling it.
  3. Slice the pineapple and remove its tough skin.
  4. Cut the fruit and vegetables to fit your juicer.
  5. Juice and serve.

More Beet Juice Recipes

For an unusual but delicious vegetable juice recipe that uses apples, beetroot, broccoli, nettles and lemon juice visit raw food recipes with nettles.
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Health Benefits of Beetroot Juice

Beets have many benefits to the body. It is claimed they have the ability to:
  • clean and build the blood
  • lower blood pressure
  • improve circulation
  • calm the nerves
  • improve the health of the liver, kidneys, and bladder
  • clean the intestines
  • fight cancer
  • improve menstrual problems
  • cure anemia
A recent small scale study at Exeter University in England, U.K. found that drinking beetroot juice improved the endurance of athletes.
Caution: Beet greens and to a lesser extent beet roots are high in oxalate, and are generally considered unsuitable for people following a low-oxalate diet. Anyone with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming beetroot and beet greens.

Beets Nutrition

Not only are raw beets a beautiful colour, but they are also packed with nutrients.


Beetroots are a good source of folic acid and vitamin C, plus they contain small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.


Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Plus smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

Amino Acids

While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate they also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).


One 2" (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.
If you'd like more raw beetroot nutrition facts go to the British Nutrition Foundation. and enter "raw beets" into the search box.

Best Juicer for Beetroot

Beetroots are hard vegetables, and will juice easily in all types of juicer.
Masticating juicers like my current Samson or Matstone Juicer are more efficient than centrifugal juicers - i.e. they produce more juice and less heat, plus they are much easier to clean. On the down side you need to chop the beetroot up nice and small, plus they cost a bit more.
If you don't like chopping then I recommend a good quality centrifugal juicer such as the wide mouth Breville Juicer JE27.
And if your on a low budget then a budget centrifugal model should work just fine.
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