Said to be both blood cleansing and blood building, beets are loaded with nutrients: beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron. Betaine – an amino acid that gives the beet its gorgeous color – helps increase oxygen intake and lower homocysteine levels, which is especially beneficial in combating premature coronary artery disease and stroke.
Beets have long been known for their amazing health benefits in treating anemia. They're also very helpful for constipation, irregular menses, acne and gout. Did you know that beets can normalize blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure?
I remember when my niece Amanda was small – must have been in kindergarten – she wanted to eat beets every day for a couple of weeks. I know, strange for a kid to request beets. Luckily, her parents recognized that it was something her body needed, and they trusted the craving.
So, I'm following my body's cue, and marching to the beet. Here's how I've been enjoying mine:
2 medium beetroot
2 inches fresh ginger
Juice all ingredients in your juicer and enjoy!
Tickled Pink Soup
2 large beetroot, sliced
meat of 1 young coconut (reserve water)
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground star anise