Beetroot juice is extracted from raw beetroot and it is rich in potassium, folate, magnesium, manganese and vitamin C. Beets also contain betaine, which is believed to decrease the risk of heart diseases. Recent research has shown that consuming beetroot juice regularly helps in lowering blood pressure. Although there are numerous health benefits of having beetroot juice, it also has some side effects.
Side Effects of Beetroot Juice
There are some known side effects of drinking beetroot juice but they cannot be considered as risks or complications as such. However, being aware of these side effects can prove to be helpful.
- Beeturia: A common side effect that occurs when beetroot or beet juice is consumed, is beeturia, where one's urine/feces turn pink/red in color. It is not a health risk as such.
- Diarrhea: Drinking undiluted beet juice in large amounts might cause diarrhea in some people.
- Kidney Stones: If you have a history of kidney stones caused due to an excess of calcium, then you should limit the consumption of beetroot. This is because beetroot contains oxalates, which prevents calcium from being absorbed by the body. Unabsorbed calcium might accumulate in the kidney over time to form kidney stones.
- Allergic Reaction: Although allergies due to the intake of beetroot is rare, some people might be allergic to it. Allergic reaction due to consumption of beetroot include rashes, itchiness, breaking out in hives, chills and fever. Some people also complain about constriction of the vocal cords and shortness of breath.
Those who do suffer from the aforementioned reactions, should consult a doctor. Most of the side effects are uncommon, and when they do occur, it is usually due to over-consumption of beetroot juice. As with everything else, it is best to practice portion control in consuming beetroot or beetroot juice.
Beet juice has a very strong and earthy flavor. So, it is best consumed by combining with other vegetable and fruit juices. The best fruit and vegetable juices to dilute with beetroot juice are apple, pineapple, cucumber, carrot, and celery. When purchasing beets for juicing, it is important to check that beets are smooth and firm, as opposed to being soft or wrinkly. It is highly recommended that pregnant women consult their doctor about beetroot juice consumption.
Health Benefits of Beet Juice
There are many health benefits of having beetroot juice. These are:
- Beet juice is rich in antioxidants and nitrates. Studies have shown that nitrates help in lowering high blood pressure and it also improves blood circulation.
- As beetroot juice is high in iron, it is very beneficial for people who are anemic.
- Consuming beetroot juice also improves stamina.
- Beets are a good source of polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that is known to boost cardiovascular health.
- Beetroot juice is also rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, which destroys free radicals in the body, thus preventing cell damage.
- A study has shown that drinking beet juice can increase muscle strength.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.