'Beet for Beat' for Heart Week

'Beet for Beat' for Heart Week

Beetroot Juice - good for the heart and your health

Thanks to Heart Week we are becoming more aware of our hearts and what we can do to protect them. I am not sure if beetroot juice will protect your heart from being broken, however, this delicious, luscious red vegetable can play an important role in keeping your heart healthy.

A natural way to lower blood pressure

Studies have shown that "that a daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension - even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment." Dr. Shannon Amoils, British Heart Foundation, senior research advisor

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Beetroot contains high levels of dietary nitrate (NO3), which the body converts into biologically active nitrite (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO). These nitrates relax and dilate blood vessels, thereby having a blood pressure lowering effect on the human body.

Boost your activity with beetroot juice

Keeping active is one of the Heart Foundation's key elements in keeping a healthy heart. Even walking up to 30 minutes a day can be helpful. If you can't get outside as much as you would like a walking treadmill can help you keep your steps up... add a glass of beetroot juice and studies show you can exercise longer.

For example, studies show that cyclists and distance runners could reduce their times considerably when drinking beetroot juice. The extra boost of nitrates found in beetroot juice helps reduce the oxygen cost of your exercise.

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Not just for the faint hearted..

In addition to protecting cells, enzymes and proteins from environmental stress, beets can also help to reduce chronic inflammation – which is known to destroy proper cell function that sets the stage for many diseases.  A number of investigations have reported betalains to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Cancer fighting abilities

The deep, lush red colour in beets derives from phytonutrients. More importantly they are believed to give beets their ability to combat cancer. Studies are showing that beetroot extract may reduce tumor formations and it is looking promising in the fight against breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Best Juicer for beetroot juice

A horizontal cold pressed juicer such as the BioChef Axis is a masticating  juice extractor and is perfect for beetroot juice. The horizontal style auger design crushes almost any type of vegetables and fruits including leafy greens (celery, kale, wheatgrass, herbs, aloe). The crushing and squeezing action mimics our own chewing action by correctly breaking open the cell wall, releasing the nutrients and organic water content while expelling the insoluble fibre.

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