popularity of beets grew leaps and bounds when it was discovered that they are
an amazing source of sugar. Historical evidence suggests that when the British
restricted the use of sugar cane for sugar production, Napoleon ordered beet to
be used for the production of sugar, which increased its popularity.
The deep red roots of beets can be cooked, boiled or baked as a
vegetable. In India, it is mostly eaten raw in salads. Another common form of
consuming this vegetable is by extracting its juice. Beetroot juice is
naturally sweet in taste with a plethora of health benefits.
Beets are not something people would crave for, especially because
of it earthy taste, but I’m sure you would be compelled to include beet juice
in your diet after reading about its benefits.
Nutritional value of beetroot
Beetroots are high in folic acid and manganese. The green leaves
of this root vegetable are also nutrient dense and contains Vitamin A, C and K.
It contains minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, copper, sulphur, silica and
These nutrients have a favourable effect on the blood, improve red
cell production, increase the level of haemoglobin and improve the nutrition of
the cells with oxygen.
Beet juice is one of the richest sources of
nitrates. It contains trace amounts of amino acids including D amino acids and
alpha amino acids.
The health benefits of beets are known since centuries when Romans
used beetroots to treat fever and constipation. Hippocrates, the father of
medicine, advocated the use of beetroot leaves for binding the wounds. In the
middle ages, beetroot was used for treating a variety of conditions, especially
digestion and blood problems.
To make this combination of Beetroot and pomegranate juice
1/2 cup grated or finely chopped beetroot
1 cup pomegranate seeds
A small piece of ginger
Pinch of salt ( Black salt/Kaala namak )
Blend both in a blender for few minutes till finely pureed.
Serve chilled and store in refrigerator in a pitcher , which you can drink through the hot summer day.
It is better to make fresh everyday.
Other vegetables like carrot, apples or even beet leaves are added to the beetroot juice to reduce its strong effect. You can also add herbs to enhance the flavour of the juice.
Health benefits of Pomegranates
are discovering the truth surrounding the pomegranate’s powers, proving why
this exotic fruit has claimed such a fabled place in cultures throughout the
ages. Scientists conducting research on the many health benefits of
pomegranates have made some incredible discoveries.
First, organic pomegranates are full of antioxidants. These are compounds and
enzymes known for keeping low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol
from oxidizing and causing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries Organic pomegranate seeds act a lot like aspirin, keeping blood platelets from
sticking together and forming dangerous blood clots
Packed with antioxidants equal to
those in green tea and red wine, and especially loaded withvitamin C and potassium, pomegranates are believed to help:
Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Lower Risk of Cancer, Especially Prostate and Breast
Lessen Symptoms of Diarrhea
Control Your Weight
Fight Cell Damage
Pomegranates are one of the few fruits where the juice is just as
beneficial as the fruit or seeds. The peel, which you can’t eat, contains the
most antioxidants, and they are released in abundance when the fruit is
squeezed for juicing.
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