If juicing had an industry standard, beet juice would be in the running. A standard in my juicing diet for both cleansing and blood building the benefits of beet juice include:
- Purify and build the blood
- Improve circulation
- Cleanse the liver, kidneys, and bladder
- Cleanse the intestines
- Combats high blood pressure, anemia, menstrual problems and cancer
Calypso Beet Juice Recipe
Typically, I add a lemon juice to my favorite beet juice recipe. Yet one day, faced only with limes in my fruit basket, I threw two into the mix and was pleasantly surprised at the taste. Lime juice added an island flare reminiscent of Miami Beach and the Bahamas. It made this desert dweller feel as if I was at the beach renewing my belief that adding a lime to just about anything makes life better (and made me want to dance around a bit).
- 3-6 carrots
- 1 medium beet
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (or to taste)
- 1-2 limes (to taste)
Juice the carrots, beets and ginger, then add the limes one at a time. Taste the juice in between each lime to get the island flavor that suits your taste buds.
Carrots, Ginger, and Lime Oh My!
- Carrots are a prime source for beta-carotene, which turns into Vitamin A, important for promoting healthy eyes, supporting the immune system, and is keeping your liver in shape. Carrots are a juicing staple because of their fabulousness.
- Ginger is soothing for the digestion and combats motion sickness, all while adding a sharp, spicy taste. You can’t go wrong with a bit o’ ginga’.
- Lime is high in Vitamin C and also supports the digestion. Limes are yummy.
Cleansing Agent: Beet juice is a strong purifier and ideal for alkalizing your system. Beets contain a nutrient called betalains which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification power. The full benefits of betalains are best found in raw beets/raw beet juice. The combination of antioxidants is unique to beets giving them a place of status among raw vegetables.
Vitamins and Minerals: Beets contain high amounts of folate (folic acid), manganese, Vitamin C, and potassium, making them a welcome addition to any diet. They are also rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous and to a lesser extent iron, zinc, copper, and selenium.
Origins: The cultivation of the beet is over 4,000 years old. From the ancient Babylonians to the early Greek and Romans, and forward even into the Renaissance, the beet and beet leaves have a long and stately history as a medicinal root. Beets are cultivated worldwide in Africa, Europe, Asian, and India (and of course North America). Mythology holds that the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, partook of beets to retain her beauty. Folklore suggests that if a man and woman eat of the same beet, they will fall in love.
Cautions: It is better to dilute beet juice with other juices. You may experience a coloring of the urine after drinking beet juice, a phenomenon called ‘beeturia,’ or a coloring of the stool. Drinking straight beet juice is not recommended.
So, now that we’ve covered the basic of beets, how do you take your beet juice? Share your comments below!