Juice: Beet it

Most lists of "super foods" don't include beetroot juice, but maybe they should.

Beet juice may boost stamina to help you exercise longer, improve blood flow, and help lower blood pressure, some research shows.

Why? Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. Through a chain reaction, your body changes nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps with blood flow and blood pressure.

Beetroot Juice Benefits

In some studies, drinking about 2 cups of beet juice daily or taking nitrate capsules lowered blood pressure in healthy adults.

Beet juice may also help your stamina when you exercise. In one study, people who drank beet juice for 6 days had better stamina during intense exercise.

Here is the recipe for a juice without a juicer.

Ingredients:

1 medium beetroot

1 medium apple

1 tbsp size piece of ginger

3 whole carrots

A dash of apple juice or filtered water for the blender to get moving.

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Then, place a mesh bag (also called nut milk bag) over a large bowl and pour the juice over. Press the juice down by squeezing from the top of the bag and move downwards, squeeze until all of the juice is out.

  3. The pulp can be added to soups, vegetable stock, crackers, muffins (there’s a lot of recipes available for how to use the pulp) or discard it - preferably in a compost.

  4. Serve the juice immediately or keep in the fridge for up to a few days.

If you start drinking beetroot juice, you should know that it may make your urine and stools look reddish. That's normal.

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By Lilo Ask-Henriksen

By Lilo Ask-Henriksen