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Beet Juice Treats Cancer, Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Athletic Performance

Updated on July 31, 2012

Most people are unaware of the amazing health benefits that beet juice provides. It is best known as a blood builder and purifier. Researchers have found that it cures diseases of the digestive system, circulatory system and large intestine. It also has the ability to dissolve kidney, liver and bladder stones.

Beet juice is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber which is important for balancing blood sugar, blood cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. The juice is also rich in folate and potassium.

According to the American Heart Association one glass of beat juice daily will significantly reduce blood pressure. In studies conducted test subjects showed a reduction in blood pressure one hour after ingesting beet juice with the maximum drop taking place after approximately four hours. Dietary nitrate found in red beet juice goes through a process that converts it to nitrite in the body which is the active ingredient effective in lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure is responsible for fifty percent of heart disease cases and seventy five percent of stroke cases. Incorporating beet juice into your diet is an excellent way to prevent these health conditions from ever developing.

Beet juice is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber which is important for balancing blood sugar, blood cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. The juice is also rich in folate and potassium.

According to the American Heart Association one glass of beat juice daily will significantly reduce blood pressure.In studies conducted test subjects showed a reduction in blood pressure one hour after ingesting beet juice with the maximum drop taking place after approximately four hours. Dietary nitrate found in red beet juice goes through a process that converts it to nitrite in the body which is the active ingredient effective in lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure is responsible for fifty percent of heart disease cases and seventy five percent of stroke cases. Incorporating beet juice into your diet is an excellent way to prevent these health conditions from ever developing.

Research has been conducted with beet juice and cancer tumors. Hungarian doctor Alexander Ferenczi found that quart a day of the juice was effective in breaking down and eliminating tumors in cancer patients. It is effective in preventing the body cells DNA from mutating which leads to cancer. The body contains a cancer detoxifying substance known as glutathione, which has been found to increase when beets are ingested.

Glutathione is effective in flushing many types of toxins out of the body. Cancer destroying CD8 cells found in the colon have also been increased after consuming beet juice. Colon cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer. Drinking beet juice daily is powerful preventative medicine. Beet juice can be mixed with carrots and/or apples for good flavor.

One university study showed that consuming beet juice may improve athletic performance by reducing fatigue, lowering blood pressure and increasing endurance. In the study, those who drank beet juice before working out performed 16 percent longer than those who did not. It is believed that the beet juice has the ability to slow the burning of oxygen, which prevents fatigue for a longer period of time.

To receive the powerful health benefits that beet juice offers, make sure that it is made from organic beets. Today, many non-organic beets are being genetically modified which leads to cross pollination with neighboring varieties. Genetically modified foods are not known for their health benefits but for their potential to make you sick.

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      Ankush Kohli 6 years ago from India

      Must be part of daily meals as salad. In our country, it is not only used as a salad but as a herb as well.

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Wow. I have done minimal research about beets, as I have recently begun juicing, but haven't come across anything like this. Thanks for sharing!

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      anidae 7 years ago

      I forgot how much I enjoyed beet juice until I read this hub. I will have to retreive my juicer and make a carrot, tomato and beet juice receipe. Great information.I voted up and awesome.

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      feenix 7 years ago

      stevemark122000, thank you for writing and publishing this valuable and informative hub. And tommorrow, I am going to purchase some beet juice and start drinking it on a daily basis, as you suggested.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Queens

      Adding beets to my diet right away...I knew they would good for you but not in so many ways. Thanks again for this informative Hub.

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      Ohh Betty 8 years ago

      Watch out for the purple pee

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      Dawn Michael 8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      Hi thank-you for the interesting hub. I just started out, so I am trying to get the hang of it. My father recently passed from cancer and I have writien a few on health myself

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Who knew. I love beets and beet greens. I am actually growing them in my square foot garden. Now I will eating them appreciating not only the taste, but for what they contain.

      Thanks.

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      stevemark122000 8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Ocbill!

      Eating whole, fresh organic beets is very healthy and they contain more fiber than beet juice. The benefit of the juice is in it's high content of nutrients per serving.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      very interesting. how about compared to beets in whole (not juice). ginkgo biloba and ginseng are good for endurance too. I like the information on cancer prevention from beets. ya can't beet that

      Thanks for sharing.

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      DfW Teen Voice 8 years ago

      Great information on a health tip. Thanks for sharing hubs concerning health. Continued Success!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Fascinating - never knew. Never have tried a beet - might have to try one. Great Hub!

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love beets and had NO idea about these benefits. Now I can feel better about liking beets. Thanks and Peace :)

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