Friday, 12 October 2012

Healthy Juice

I am not sure why I don't do it more often, but today I've made Digby some fruit and vegetable juice: 1 pear, 1 beetroot, 1 carrot, diluted by a bit less than a half with hot water as Digby loves his warm drinks. 



Beetroot is a wonder food. According to Wikipediaseveral preliminary studies on both rats and humans have shown betaine, the compound which gives beetroot its red colour, may protect against liver disease, particularly the buildup of fatty deposits in the liver caused by alcohol abuse, protein deficiency, or diabetes, among other causes.
Moreover, Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus help prevent cardiovascular problems. Research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension showed drinking 500 ml of beetroot juice led to a reduction in blood pressure within one hour. The reduction was more pronounced after three to four hours, and was measurable up to 24 hours after drinking the juice.
Other studies have found the positive effects beetroot juice can have on human exercise and performances. In studies conducted by Exeter University, scientists found cyclists who drank a half-litre of beetroot juice several hours before setting off were able to ride up to 20% longer than those who drank a placebo blackcurrant juice.

Next time I am going to try and add some green veggies, like broccoli and kale to the juice as she is not too keen on greens on their own.

2 comments:

  1. Yes it’s true that Beetroot is a “Wonder Fruit”, it goes unnoticed at times, but Beetroot juice is a healthy investment. You can always add other fruits to add more variety in taste, and make it more nutritious.

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    1. Hello Joseph, thank you for your comment. I combined this juice with carrot and pear juice, but it would also be great combined with some green juice and the gorgeous red would conceal the green colour if birds are not too keen on their greens, but like beetroot.

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