Beetroot Juice Benefits and Side Effects

Beetroot Juice Benefits

Beet juice nutrition facts (100g):

  • Calories: 42 kcal
  • Protein: 1.0 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.9 g

Juices of fruits and vegetables are very valuable, they are rich in vitamins, microelements and other useful and necessary minerals. Juices are drunk not only to quench thirst or because of their wonderful taste, they are used to restore and strengthen the health. Today there is a whole new trend called juice therapy. Beet juice is widely used in this field, since it contains all the useful properties of beets. Beetroot juice benefits and side effects that come with it, should be known to everyone.

What are beetroot juice benefits?

Beetroot juice is rich in vitamins B1, B2, P, PP, C. Incidentally, beetroot contains almost no vitamin A, but the leaves have large quantities of this vitamin. Beetroot contains large amounts of iron and folic acid, which have a favorable effect on the blood, improve red blood cell production, increase the level of hemoglobin and hence improve the of the cells with oxygen.

Iodine contained in beet juice is beneficial to the thyroid gland and improves processes in human memory. Benefits of beet juice also lies in its cleansing properties. Salts of magnesium, potassium and sodium contained in large amounts have a complex effect on the vasculature and circulatory system. Magnesium prevents the formation of blood clots, cleanses the blood vessels from cholesterol plaques, improves lipid metabolism and normalizes digestion. Sodium and calcium, which are of the optimum ratio in beets (50% sodium and 5% of calcium) remove excess calcium from the body that is deposited on the walls of blood vessels. Therefore beet juice is extremely useful in thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, hypertension and other diseases of the circulatory system.

The beet juice contains trace elements such as chlorine and potassium. Potassium strengthens the heart and is involved in most of the physiological processes of the body. Chlorine helps to cope with cleaning of the liver, gall bladder and kidneys. This element is a stimulant for the lymphatic system since it activates its work.

Beets perfectly cleanse the intestines, stimulate their performance and improve peristalsis. Beet juice benefits the immune system, increases the body’s resistance to a variety of disease agents.

Drinking beet juice helps improve physical activity and reduces negative effects of exercises on the body. Therefore it is often drunk by athletes and people who work in difficult conditions.

Beet Juice Benefits

Beet juice side effects

Beet juice benefits are obvious, but the juice has its contraindications:

  • Kidney diseases: glomerulonephritis, pyelonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, urolithiasis
  • Gout and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic diarrhea (laxative)
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Hyperacidity
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Heartburn
  • Because beet juice is a laxative and diuretic, it can cause intestinal upset
  • Since beet juice stimulates cleansing of the liver and if there are stones in the bile duct then it can cause serious health problems that would require immediate ambulance call
  • Can cause allergic side effects. Allergic reactions include fever, chills, rash, burning sensation or itching. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms after drinking of beetroot juice, immediately consult a doctor.

How to drink beet juice?

Attention! Before drinking freshly squeezed beet juice, please let it stand in the fridge for not less than 2 hours, since it has a number of substances in its composition which may cause vascular spasms.

Benefits of beet juice depend on how you drink it. Drinking concentrated (100% pure) beet juice is not recommended as it can cause bloating and indigestion. Therefore beetroot juice should be diluted at least 1:2 with water or other juices. For mixing you can use carrot, , , and apple juices. Start drinking beet juice with minimal doses – one teaspoon, adding it to a glass of other juice or water. Provided these precautions are met, the acute side effects can be avoided. If you gradually increase the consumption of beetroot juice to 2 cups a day, you can clean and, consequently, improve and rejuvenate your body.

Beet juice recipes and tips

  • Beetroot juice can be used as an antiseptic for colds – gargling and dripping nose
  • If one treats anemia he or she should mix the juice with honey 1:1
  • Mixing cranberry and beet juices 2:1, you can quickly remove the and improve your sleep
  • For , gastric and duodenal ulcers add boiled beets to the diet
  • For women to normalize periods mix beetroot juice with one or with the beetroot juice in the proportion of 1:3.

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27 thoughts on “Beetroot Juice Benefits and Side Effects

    • Well, some herbalists recommend consuming fresh beet juice as well as salad of shredded raw beets as a supplement to the main complex measures in the treatment of cancer. Dr Alexander (Sandor) Ferencz is known as having studies of the use of raw beetroots for a cancer therapy.

    • Fruit juices because of high amounts of fructose are generally not recommended for diabetic patients and should be avoided. But some dilute juices with water (eg 1:3) and drink them. Apple, orange and pomegranate juices are some of the best choices for diabetics. Alternatively, fruit juices can be substituted with vegetable ones.

  1. Hello,
    I blend some carrots, equal amount of beet roots ( boiled) Tomatoes and red Pepper.
    Can I have it as I am diabetic.
    and keep for a week in fridge??
    Pls let me know asap as I have it in fridge right now


    • Regarding fresh juices it is generally advised to drink them right after juicing (for the exception of beet juice) and not to store them in fridge because valuable substances incl. vitamins found in them tend to lose their effect. But if one suffers from diabetes it would be safe to consult with his/her doctor about consuming juices, as juices contain fructose and there are different types of the desease.

  2. My friends father who is anemic and is 98 years old has had 2 blood transfusions within 4 months. For the past month he has been drinking beet juice with carrots and celery BUT he lost 23 pounds in this month. Can the juice cause this?

    • Consuming any juice alone without eating other foods does cause anybody to lose weight. Otherwise I do not think that drinking these juices in reasonable amounts could cause it. He certainly needs to consult with his doctor.

    • Vegetable juices may be consumed, but it is better to dilute them with a little water. However, much healthier for diabetics would be eating raw fruits and vegetables, as they contain useful fiber, that is removed by squeezing the juice.

  3. I have gastric pain but not really sure wheather the pain is cause by low acid or excess acid, can I take beetroot oats or juice? I have online read the symptoms of the low or high acid and apparently I do have the symptom of both . I always burping and occasionally constipated. I am confused. Will you be able to help me? Tq.

    • Hi, Mandy. You may want to have a look at aloe vera and apple cider vinegar. There are some positive reviews from people who took aloe vera to get their gastritis under control and apple cider vinegar to fight acid reflux. Please look through it and consult with your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment.

    • Hi, Keith. There are studies stating that beets improve exercise performance, blood flow and blood pressure. These factors may directly affect ED. But before making final decisions one should consult with his doctor.

    • Any food containing glucose or fructose we eat causes the sugar level to increase temporarily, because the healthy pancreas is on its active work to normalize the sugar level and it returns to its normal condition after a few hours. But if the person is suspicious whether the sugar level got higher and not decreasing one should just check it with the test. The reply regarding consuming beets for diabetics was given before here. Hope that helps.

  4. I am 23 yrs old. Will daily consumption of beet juice improve complexion? BTW my friend is threatening me that i’ll get diabetic soon if I consume daily. is it true?

    • Yes beetroot juice is good for the health of the skin as well. But please be advised that concentrated fruit and vegetable juices in large amounts may lead to high load on pancreas and stomach. Therefore it’s recommended to mix beetroot juice with other juices: carrot, cucumber etc. Some sources do not advice drinking the juice for more than 2 weeks. Luckily there’s another great way of using beets to improve complexion. Try making natural facial masks with them at home. There’s a great deal of recipes you could find.

  5. Hello,
    I am going to start Juice parlor and Through this parlor I am going to serve beet root juice on daily basis to the customer at their place.. Is it good for customers for their health or Is it bad to consume beet root juice on daily basis..?

    • Hello, Aaditya,
      fresh juices should be drunk on a daily basis with caution. And it would be better not to concentrate on a beetroot juice alone, as it’s really strong, it’s best to mix it with other juices. Juice therapy usually lasts up to 21 days, then comes a break for a week, after which, if desired, the treatment can be extended. But people suffering from high acidity and diabetes should significantly reduce their daily consumption of fresh juices and even better consult their doctor before drinking them at all.

  6. Hi
    I am now having this juice for last 2 months, feel really beneficial but I get painfull boils on my face and body, is it the Juice causing them. I am female in my 50s.
    Kindly shed some light.
    Thank you

    • Hi Madhuri,

      the best way to check this is to eliminate beetroot juice completely and see if the painful boils disappear. It can happen that your are allergic to beets.
      How much do you drink daily? The best rule of thumb is consuming any food in moderation.

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