Beetroot juice is a highly powerful remedy when it comes to lowering high blood pressures and any risk thereof. Though it consists of various nutrients, the main nutrient responsible for its amazing blood pressure lowering effect is the number of nitrates present in it. When you drink beetroot juice, these nitrates get converted into nitrites by bacteria that live on the surface of your tongue and are also present in saliva.
The nitrites are absorbed into the circulating blood where they are used to make a gas called nitric oxide. This gas is a cell-signalling molecule which has a powerful relaxing effect on small muscle fibres in your blood vessel linings. This causes the blood vessels to dilate so that your blood pressure falls.
With such an important and great benefit of this compound, it is obvious that you should definitely consume beetroot juice and, if possible, make a smoothie out of it. Mentioned below are the ingredients and recipe that you will need to make this energising smoothie for 2.
Ingredients and their benefits
1. 3 large carrots
Carrots are one of the best-known sources of vitamin A and a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and various B vitamins. When you have carrots, the various nutrients present in it are stored in the body and they are utilised as and when they are needed.
2. 1 beetroot (organic if possible)
Beetroot is a rich source of phytonutrients like betanin that have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, coupled with a stimulating effect on the various detoxification pathways of your body and especially your liver. The betaine nutrient present in beetroot helps promote the flow of bile juice and helps detoxify the liver.
3. 1 large apple
Aside from all the other health benefits of apple, they are a great general detoxifier and are rich in pectin which is a type of fibre that binds to toxins in your intestines as they are digested so they can be safely excreted.
4. Fresh lime juice
Apart from having a high content of vitamin-C, lime juice can also be added to your tonic in order to limit oxidation and prevent the juice from going stale.
5. Small piece of ginger (if you want to)
Ginger contains compounds to stimulate better digestion and may help protect your liver from oxidative damage that can play a part in diseases like liver fibrosis and developing a fatty liver.
- Put the squeezed juice from your lime into the bottom of the collection jug.
- Wash and scrub your ingredients, turn on the juicer and start with the beetroot.
- Next, juice the carrots and ginger if you’re using it, followed by the apple last.
- Once it is done, mix the juice thoroughly and enjoy the delicious and healthy smoothie.