Organic beets, beet juice and beat leaves provide many health benefits to the body. Beets belong to the chenopod family which also include chard, spinach and quinoa. This food family continues to show an increasing number of health benefits not readily available from other food families.
Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D., a Russian longevity researcher, found that beet juice improves blood structure and can actually cure diseases of the circulatory system, large intestine, and digestive system. Dr. Tombak also found that beet juice dissolves stones in the liver, kidneys and bladder. Beets have been found to increase the body`s production of glutathione, commonly called our master antioxidant. Researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine have discovered that drinking just 500 ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure.
Why Buy Organic Beets
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. When you buy organic beets you can feel better eating both the root and its green top knowing they haven’t been exposed to hazardous chemicals, and that they haven’t been genetically modified. Moreover, supporting organic farmers means you are contributing to more sustainable practices.
In March of 2005, genetically modified sugar beets appeared on the US market for the first time. Crafted by Monsanto to include a gene from a soil bacterium, this GM beet was able to withstand a copious onslaught of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (glyphosate). The agricultural industry could spray as much of the weed-killer as it wanted without impacting crops. Currently, Monsanto’s GM sugar beets make up 95 percent of the US crop, having been planted year after year despite a US District Court injunction against planting and even a ruling by US District Court Judge Jeffrey White that the 2011 crop be destroyed due to illegal deregulation. Sugar Beets are listed in the Top 10 Genetically Modified Crops.
26 Benefits of Organic Beets
- low in calories
- supports liver function
- source of anthycyanins, carotenoids & lutein/zeaxanthin
- supports healthy cholesterol & triglyceride levels
- supports healthy homocysteine levels
- rich in B vitamin folate
- contains betacyaninis
- rich in fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper & phosphorus
- may help lower blood pressure
- supports eye health
- contains pectin polysaccharides for digestive tract health
- boosts stamina
- beet leaves are rich in nutrients
- fights inflammation
- natural colon cleanser
- supports capillaries
- rich in potassium
- leaves good for wounds
- purifier of the blood
- creates a sense of well-being
- used as a stomach acid tester
- no saturated fat
- anti-cancer properties
- immune system booster
- promotes brain health
- increases glutathione levels
Organic Beets-Carrot-Grape Fresh Juice Recipe
2 to 4 servings | Use Organic Ingredients
5 small organic beets (include some leaves)
2 cups seedless black or red grapes
1 large carrot
Trim & wash beets thoroughly. Cut beets & carrot into 2-inch pieces Process all ingredients in a juice extractor.
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