Beetroot - Health Benefits of Beet Juice
Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Family Name : Chenopodiaceae
Generally called as garden beet, it is a juicy root vegetable in two colors-deep red and violet. They are flat, short-top shaped, deep oblate to round, globular to oral, half long and long. Two varieties are grown in India - Crimzon Globe and dark red, both belong to the globular to oval group.
Beetroot has for many years been used as a treatment for cancer in Europe. Specific anti-carcinogens are bound to the red coloring matter which supposedly helps fight against cancer and beetroot also increases the uptake of oxygen by as much as 400 percent.
Origin and Distribution
Beetroot is a native of Europe, used by Greeks & Romans thousand years back. It is now cultivated all over the world. In India, it is cultivated for its nutritional roots.
Properties of asparagus
Anti-anemic, diuretic, tones liver, clears constipation and piles, cardiotonic.
Forms of Use :- As vegetable, salad, juice, soup.
Food Value of asparagus
This vegetable is good for health as it has carbohydrates in the form of sugar with little protein and fat. It is taken in form of salad, juice and as vegetable. Beetroot juice is considered as one of the best vegetable juices. It has natural sugar and calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, iron, copper, vitamin B1, B2; niacin, B6 and C.
Analysis of beetroot (100 gm's edible part) gives the following composition (per 100 gm's of edible part):
Medicinal Uses & benefits
Beet juice still remains a potent force the secrets of which are far from being unlocked. It is, after carrot, one of the chief juices in the science of natural healing as practiced on earth. The chlorine present in beet juice acts to regulate digestion by controlling the peristalsis, or natural rhythmical contractions of the gut and, because of this, the assimilation of food during the time of recovery is much assisted.
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