Beets are incredibly delicious, easy to grow, and extremely healthy for you. Did you know that beet roots has cancer fighting properties? Beets have long been know as a healthy source of nutrients, but scientific evidence also validates their significance as a defense against cancer. Some research even shows cases of remission in cancer patients who were given high concentrations of beet root. I grew my own this year. There’s nothing better than picking fresh beets and preparing them as you like.
This root vegetable is a good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur magnesium, iodine, and a number of trace minerals. However, it is the synergy between certain elements found only in specific combinations and concentrations within the beet that give it its cancer-fighting power. The leaves are also eatable and holds valuable nutrients. While other foods contain iron, the human body is able to assimilate it from the beet root more readily than from almost any other food. Researchers suspect that there is a catalyst in the beet root that helps the body more easily use the available iron.
Beet juice powder is one of the most concentrated forms of the root, with a typical serving size being a teaspoon or two added to 8 ounces of water plus 8 ounces of fresh vegetable juice. Larger dosages may be necessary for those with a cancer diagnosis. I’ve always enjoyed juicing, eating and cooking with all varieties of beets. After researching beet powder, I am interested in trying it out. The benefits outweighs the taste, especially if you’re looking for healthy alternatives. I grew up seeing my mother with this red vegetable that made a huge mess. I loved handeling it, but I was one of the haters as a young child. In my family, there were no excuses, I had to eat it. Now I’m a mom and I’ve included beets in our diets of course, just more creatively. Beets have an earthy taste. Some people like it or hate it. My advise for the non-likers, smoothies and fresh juices are the best ways to consume vegetables. I juice it and blend it in smoothies for my children. Knowing how to combine the different vegetables to off-set the tastes helps tremendously.
Here are my favorite beet juice recipes.
Beet Juice – Granny Dearest
- 1 Green Granny Smith Apple
- 1 Inch piece peeled fresh ginger
- 3 Medium Carrots
- 1 Large beet, peeled
- 1 Medium orange peeled
Beet Juice – Energizer
- 1 Large beetroot
- 1 Medium Gala Apple
- 1/2 Piece fresh ginger
- 2 Cucumbers
- 1 bunch of parsley
Smoothie – Beet Powerhouse
- 1 Large beetroot (Juiced)
- 2 Ripe bananas
- 1 Cup strawberries
- 1/2 bunch of fresh/frozen kale
- 1 Cup ice
- 1 Cup of coconut milk
- 1 tsp of raw honey
I hope you enjoy my recipes, and try to come up with your own combinations. Be adventurous and don’t be intimidated to try new things.
Resources: Adapted from “Benefits of beets documented to defeat cancer,” by Johnathan Landsman, at http://naturalhealth365.com
5 thoughts on “Beet This Fact”
Great read. I love freshly juiced beets with cucumber, celery, ginger, apple and zucchini :-). Yummy. I drank alot when I had challenges with iron deficiency.
That’s great to hear! Beet roots and their green leaves are excellent sources of vital nutrients. Should be apart of your diet all the time
Beets are wonderful and underappreciated. The greens are excellent and many (most?) folks don’t even know they’re edible!
I agree Bill! I don’t waste anything…the greens are great sautéed or juiced. Its actually better to juice the greens with the beet root because it balances out the sugar in the beets😋