What Are the Benefits of Beet Juice?

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What Are the Benefits of Beet Juice?
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Beet juice is a purplish red juice made out of beetroot (Beta vulgaris). Although not a very popular food item, beet juice has several nutritional benefits.

Lower Blood Pressure

Researchers believe that drinking beet juice can help lower blood pressure. In 2008, the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine in London, England demonstrated that drinking 500ml of the juice reduces blood pressure within an hour.

Sexual Problems

Beet juice has been believed to be an aphrodisiac since the times of the ancient Romans. That is because it is rich in boron, which is considered vital for sex hormone production.

Cancer

Beet juice---or at least, beetroot itself---was used for treatment of cancer in Europe for several centuries. This is due to betanin---or Beetroot Red, so named because of the beetroot's color. According to a 2005 report by the American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, beetroot has exceptional antioxidant activity that can battle cancer.

Convalescence

Germans use beet juice, made available in pasteurized form in bottles, as an efficient agent in the recovery of health and strength after illness or a period of great exertion. This can be especially helpful for pregnant women.

Other Ailments

Beet juice is used for several other afflictions. They include kidney stones, diabetes, liver and prostate troubles, and indigestion.

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