It’s only mid beet season so there is still time to go out and buy some local beets. Beets have a long season. They’re available anywhere from June until November. Beets are a deep red root vegetable related to turnips. Juicing beets is a great way to get this potent vegetable into your diet. Here’s a look at beet juice nutrition facts:
Beet Juice Nutrition
The body quickly absorbs the nutrients found in beet juice. Ascorbate acid (vitamin C) and potassium, in particular, get absorbed better when juiced over the solid form.
Like vitamin C, sugar is also going to enter the blood stream faster when you have beet juice. Beets have a moderate level of sugar. A single cup of beets (136g) contains 9g of sugar. While this is significantly less than a fruit juice, you’ll still need to be smart about when you drink beet juice. Limit your juice intake to post workouts. This is when your body can use some sugar to recover and reenergize.
Beets are a good source of Nitric oxide. While nitrates in meat can lead to health risks, in whole vegetables they are excellent for you. Nitric oxide has many health benefits including regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and boosting the immune system. It’s important if you’re training or trying to stay fit because it’s used to increase strength and endurance. There are many nitric oxide supplements, but the best source is from good whole food. Beets are loaded with this molecule, so eating beets or drinking beet juice is a great way to help you bulk up.
Beet juice increases the oxygen carrying capacity of blood cells and makes it so your muscles need less oxygen to function. This gives muscles the energy they need to continue working longer. Many studies show beetroot to improve physical performance.
Beetroot is also a rich source of antioxidants. One study showed that beetroot also increased the antioxidant capacity of blood cells by 69%. This means that beetroot juice helps your body hold more antioxidants that blood cells can then disperse throughout the body for use.
Beets also contain alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and to help stabilize blood sugar levels. It has been shown to be a useful supplement for diabetics, and getting it directly from beet juice is a good, natural way to get this nutrient.
Beet juice is also a good source of folate, an important nutrient that most people are not getting enough of in their diet. Folate helps prevent many birth defects and promotes proper birth weight, healthy neural tube formation, and face and heart development.
Juicing is a great way to get this good whole food into your diet. Add some local beets to your next shake while this vegetable is still in season, and see how this colourful juice can help you thrive!