Raw beets are nutritional powerhouses, containing high levels of fiber, the right kinds of natural sugars, vitamins C and K, and an impressive amount of carotenoids and antioxidants which help protect against heart disease and colon cancer.
Betacyanin is the substance which gives beets their rich red color. This pigment helps to substantially increase the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood.
Beet juice is highly alkaline and the presence of betaine helps stimulate liver cell function as well as protecting the liver and bile ducts. Can beets be used as a possible solution for eliminating those eye bags? Read more.
Because eye bags are often caused by insufficient ability of the liver to cleanse impurities, especially after the age of 40, beets are a valuable addition to the diet in an effort to eliminate eye bags. I always try to include beets (don’t forget their stems-greens as well as the roots) in the majority of my juices, and believe I do not have bags under my eyes in part because of the powerful kidney and blood cleansing properties of beets.
One of the ways beets improve liver function is by thinning the bile, which allows it to flow more freely through the liver and into the small intestine, which is where fat breakdown and peristalsis occur. When the bile is able to flow better, it reduces the chances of forming gallstones as well.
Beet root contains a soluble fiber known as pectin which binds toxins, heavy metals and excess hormones and helps escort them out of the body instead of being reabsorbed.
When consuming grated beets or beet juice, it is normal and expected that you will have pink to red urine and eliminations, so don’t be alarmed when you see this happening. It is technically known as beeturia, and is harmless!