Beets and Beet Juice Boost Heart Health
Raw beets and raw beet juice are typically recommended in limited amounts due to their high sugar content, but when fermented, beets may be among the healthiest vegetables there are, as most of the sugar is “eaten” by beneficial bacteria during the fermentation process while leaving other health-boosting ingredients intact.
Fermented foods are chock-full of probiotics or good bacteria.
A number of studies have demonstrated how the ideal balance and diversity of bacteria in the human gut forms the foundation for physical, mental and emotional well-being, and fermented beet juice has many additional benefits beyond probiotics.
Fermenting beets rather than eating them raw gives all the health-boosting benefits of raw beets, as they are made even more bioavailable through fermentation + the beneficial bacteria and enzymes that result from fermentation.
Besides pickled beets and beet-infused sauerkraut, fermented beet juice, known as beet kvass, is rising in popularity in the West.
Beet kvass has a long tradition of use in Russia, Ukraine and other eastern European countries, where it is consumed therapeutically as a general health tonic.
Traditionally, beet kvass has been used to boost immune function, cleanse blood, combat fatigue and treat kidney stones, chemical sensitivities, allergies and digestive problems.
Anecdotal reports suggest beet kvass may even improve the appearance of age spots, thicken hair and minimize graying of hair.
Recent animal research confirms the gastrointestinal benefits of lactofermented beetroot juice, showing it helps improve gut microbiota and metabolic activity.
Experts say, that because of its detoxifying properties, avoid drinking too much when 1st starting out. Doing so could result in an overload of released toxins, producing bloating, constipation and/or cold or flu symptoms.
As a general recommendation, start out with 1 oz per day, gradually increasing the amount to an 8 oz glass per day. If highly toxic, one may need to start out with as little as a tablespoon daily.
Whether you’re juicing your beets, eating them raw or fermenting them, always buy organic beets. As with many other crops, most of the sugar beets grown in the US are now GE (genetically engineered).
While table beets are not currently GE, they are often grown in close proximity to sugar beets, and cross-pollination is known to occur.
So, when choosing beets to eat, opt for Organic varieties whenever possible to avoid GE contamination.
If you are a Gardner buy heirloom beet seeds, because beets are easy to grow.
The many nutrients and real health advantages they offer are worth it. Besides the beetroots, beet greens offer a plethora of vitamins and minerals, too. And a great source of fiber, as well as vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese and antioxidants.
The high amount of vitamin K in beet greens contains blood-clotting properties, fights aging, supports your DNA, helps ward off osteoporosis, works with calcium to boost bone strength, and may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
Beet greens contain more iron than spinach and a higher nutritional value than the vegetable itself. Besides using young beet greens in salads or sautéing, juicing beet greens is another excellent way to obtain all these nutrients.
It is clear that beets have a wide range of health benefits.
If you struggle with high blood pressure or heart failure, you may want to experiment with raw beet juice or beet kvass and see how it works for you, If you notice improvements in your blood pressure or stamina after drinking the juice, it may be a good fit.
One Key caveat: Avoid using mouthwashes or chewing gum, as this prevents the nitric oxide conversion from occurring. The reason for this is because the nitrate is converted into nitrite in your saliva by friendly bacteria. That nitrite is then converted into nitric oxide in other places of your body.
Naturally-occurring betaine in beets helps reduce inflammation and protect against environmental stressors that can play a role in heart disease.
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