Beets are an excellent source of various antioxidants and nutrients. Both beets and their greens can be juiced
Vitamins and Caloric Content
Beet roots and greens are rich with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. One cup of beet or beet juice with no additives yields 74 calories, making it an excellent low-calorie part of a diet.
Beet greens are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron. The beet root contains smaller amounts of these minerals and is also an excellent source of source of chlorine, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium and potassium. The iron found in beets tends to be of excellent quality, which can maximize absorption.
Beets are rich in the phytochemical known as betacyanin, which has been found to be particularly effective preventing and fighting colon cancer.
Other Nutritional Factors
Beet root juice is also a good source of fiber and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugars.
Considerations and Caution
Most beet juice is made only from the beet root; you can reap all the benefits by making juice yourself and adding the greens.
Those who suffer from oxalate-containing kidney stones should limit consumption of beets and beet juice. Beet juice is very potent, so consume it in moderation, especially if your body is not used to it.
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