A recent scientific study has explored the influence of nitrates in plants and vegetables on human health. The researchers involved in this study have come to the conclusion that beetroot juice has a very positive effect on the various functions of the human brain. Beetroot juice contains a large amount of nitrates. Apart from beet, high concentration of nitrates can also be found in celery and cabbage, as well as in other green vegetables. In particular, lettuce and spinach are abundant with such organic nitrogen compounds. Therefore, the main conclusions of this scientific investigation should also be applicable to the majority of green vegetable juices.
Beet juice can potentially accelerate the blood flow to the brain. There are parts of the brain where blood flow decreases with age. These brain areas may be responsible for some specific aging deterioration processes, such as dementia. The other main conclusion of this research is that beet juice helps in lowering the blood pressure.
When we consume foods abundant in nitrates, the healthy bacteria that normally inhabit our oral flora convert the nitrates into nitrites. The nitrites are the actual compounds within our body that are in charge of opening up the blood vessels. This process leads to increasing the blood flow to the various bodily tissues and supplying oxygen to the areas where oxygen is lacking.
During the study, the subjects were divided into two groups. The first group was given food with a high percentage of nitrates. Simultaneously the second group was deprived of nitrate abundant products. Every day after breakfast, the researchers conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to monitor the blood flow to the brain. After four days, the participants within the two groups were interchanged, giving them the exact opposite diet and repeating the whole process anew.
The MRI results confirmed that beetroot juice improves blood flow to the part of the brain which is associated with degeneration and dementia.
Beet juice is rich in vitamins and minerals, and also easily digestible. It can be consumed without restriction and risk of adverse effects. Besides the great richness in proteins, fats and carbohydrates, beet juice contains almost all of the most important minerals: calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, fluorine, manganese, copper, iodine, sulfur, lithium, strontium, and bromine.
Vitamin B1, B2, and C are also found in larger concentrations. Vitamin B12 is extremely rare in foods of plant origin and thus beet is a very important plant for vegetarians and vegans.
Additional Health Benefits of Beet Juice
Thanks to the presence of a flavonoid called anthocyanin, the health benefits of beet juice include anticancer properties as well. Anthocyanin is considered a nutrient capable of fighting aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infections.
The health effects of beetroot are exceptional in case of mineralization of bone and teeth tissues. The presence of iodine makes it valuable for preventing arteriosclerosis and slowing the aging process.
One of the primary healing effects of beet juice includes its almost miraculous ability to fight tumors and leukemia. It can be used as invaluable help for treating malaria, anemia, acute fibrotic diseases and influenza in the initial stage. It has positive effect on the nerves and brain.
Beetroot juice is of great help in case of some of the most severe diseases. For all types of treatments one should use freshly pressed juice. During cooking, beet loses its medicinal value, so it is always best to drink freshly squeezed beet juice.