While it might not at first appeal to you as a health drink, discovering the manifold benefits of beet juice can easily persuade the initially wary to incorporate it into their daily diet with enthusiasm. It appears to have substantial health-promoting effects on the circulatory system, the large intestine and digestive system and on the composition of blood (it is thought to promote the production of red blood cells).
There are additional advantages as well. Research has suggested that taking just one glass of beet juice per day can assist in combating elevated blood pressure, which the American Heart Association estimates affects one in three Americans. A Hungarian physician discovered in the 1950's that when cancer patients consumed a quart of beet juice each day, their tumors began to decompose and even disappear. The biochemical basis may well lie in the rich quantities of glutathione precursors contained in beet juice: glutathione is known to fight carcinogenic toxins, effectively transferring them from the cells to the colon; from whence they can be safely expelled.
Glutathione, however, can not be orally ingested – the body has to synthesize it from amino acid 'building blocks' found in the diet, and beets are an especially rich source of same, significantly enhancing glutathione production as a result. If an individual's glutathione levels are depleted, dangerous carcinogenic toxins remain inside the body where they attack cellular DNA and inaugurate cancerous changes. Beet juice can substantially protect against this eventuality.
Beets have also been shown to play a major role in reducing blood cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that animals with artificially induced high cholesterol levels experienced a 30% drop in overall cholesterol and a 40% drop in harmful triglycerides when they were fed beet fiber. The animals' 'good', high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol also increased significantly when they consumed beet fiber. In other words, the beets substantially reduced a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease while also helping to maintain healthy levels of HDL.
To return to the point made earlier about the beneficial effects of beet juice on the colon, one of its chief benefits is to increase the number of crucial cancer destroying (CD) cells in this region of the gut, in particular, a variety known as CD8. Since colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the US (and causes a third of all cancer related deaths), the daily consumption of beet juice could well protect a huge number of Americans from a terrible illness.
The immediate drawback for those not used to beet juice is the taste, although it can be made more palatable by mixing it with apple juice or carrot juice. It does, however, appear to be an extraordinarily healthy food and science, it would seem, has merely scratched the surface regarding the possible benefits. Without a doubt, it would appear that this is one product well worth including in one's daily diet.