Beetroot juice has been elevated to the status of a super-food owing to its many benefits. But, did you know that it can boost your stamina? Or remove blemishes from your skin?

Beetroot juice has some rather surprising benefits to offer for your skin, hair, and health. To know more, read on!

Why You Should Have Beetroot Juice

Skin Benefits

  1. Prevents Signs Of Aging
  2. Reduces Pigmentation And Blemishes
  3. Moisturizes Dry Skin

Hair Benefits

  1. Promotes Hair Growth

Health Benefits

  1. Improves Liver Function
  2. Boosts Hemoglobin Levels
  3. Reduces Inflammation
  4. Helps Prevent Cancer
  5. Helps In Detoxification
  6. Improves Stamina
  7. Prevents Dementia
  8. Lowers Blood Pressure

Skin Benefits

1. Prevents Signs Of Aging

What You Need

  • 1 medium-sized beetroot
  • Strainer
  • Cotton balls

What You Have To Do

  1. Peel the beetroot and slice it into smaller pieces.
  2. Place the pieces in the blender and blend till there are no large chunks present.
  3. Using the strainer, separate the pulp from the juice.
  4. Dab the juice on your face using cotton balls.
  5. Keep it on for 10 minutes, and wash it off with a mild face wash.

How Often Do You Need To Do This

This treatment can be done once a week. It is recommended that you do it at night because beetroot juice can leave stains.

Why Does It Work

Beetroot juice is an excellent source of antioxidants, which is why its topical application has anti-aging effects (1). Although oxidation is a crucial process, it produces free radicals that can cause damage at a cellular level, which results in signs of aging. The antioxidants present in beetroot juice neutralize these free radicals, and help prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

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2. Reduces Pigmentation And Blemishes

Why Does It Work

Vitamin C is very effective in reducing pigmentation and blemishes, and evening out the skin tone (2). Beetroot juice contains a significant amount of vitamin C, and helps with skin discoloration and pigmentation (3).

[ Read: Ways To Prepare Beetroot Face Packs ]

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3. Moisturizes Dry Skin

Why Does It Work

Beetroot can make your skin smooth and supple. This is because it removes the top layer of dead cells (4). Drinking beetroot juice can also help keep your skin hydrated.

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Hair Benefits

4. Prevents Hair Loss

Another benefit of beetroot juice is that it can help prevent hair loss.

Why Does It Work

Potassium deficiency is often linked to hair loss. It is a nutrient that is crucial for hair growth. Beetroot juice is a good source of potassium, which is why ingesting it can prevent hair loss and promote hair growth (5).

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Health Benefits

Health Benefits

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5. Improves Liver Function

Beetroot juice is often used in detox diets. This is because it helps in improving the liver function, which in turn helps in removing toxins from your body.

Why Does It Work

Beetroot juice contains an antioxidant named glutathione that protects the liver from damage (6). It also stimulates the regeneration of liver cells and improves the synthesis of fats within the liver.

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6. Boosts Hemoglobin Levels

It is very necessary for your hemoglobin to stay at an optimum level for your body to function properly. A low hemoglobin level can cause anemia, which can be averted by regular consumption of beetroot juice.

Why Does It Work

The production of hemoglobin requires iron, folate, and vitamin B12. Beetroot is an excellent source of folate and a considerably good source of iron (7). In fact, anemic patients are often asked to include beetroot in their diet.

[ Read: Ways To Prepare Beetroot Juice For Weight Loss ]

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7. Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is usually a sign of your immune system acting up in response to trauma or infection. But the symptoms, which include redness, swelling, and pain, can cause a lot of discomfort. Ingesting beetroot juice has been shown to reduce inflammation.

Why Does It Work

Beetroot juice contains betalains that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties (8).

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8. Helps Prevent Cancer

One of the most amazing health benefits of beetroot juice is preventing cancer. Recent studies have shown that beetroot juice exhibits anti-carcinogenic properties.

Why Does It Work

Cancer cells react poorly to an elevated oxygen level and beetroot juice helps in increasing the intake of oxygen by cells (9). Beetroot juice is alkaline in nature, which helps combat acidosis. Cancer cells thrive in acidic conditions, and ingesting beetroot juice creates a hostile environment for them. Beetroot’s anti-carcinogenic properties have also been attributed to the presence of a compound named betanin (10).

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9. Helps In Detoxification

For your body to function optimally, it is necessary that it gets rid of toxins that might otherwise cause harm. Beetroot juice can help with your body’s detoxification process.

Why Does It Work

There are certain compounds present in beetroot juice called betalains that help your body excrete toxins (11).

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10. Improves Stamina

Beetroot juice, when used as a supplement, can help boost stamina and improve athletic performance.

Why Does It Work

Beetroot helps in better circulation of oxygen to the muscles, which results in improved stamina and better performance (12).

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11. Prevents Dementia

Dementia is usually observed in the elderly. It is the loss of cognitive functions, which results in impaired memory, personality changes, and faulty reasoning. There have been a number of studies that sought to find a cure or delay the progress, and beetroot juice has been heralded as the way to prevent it.

Why Does It Work

As one ages, their cognitive abilities start to decline. One of the major reasons for that is reduced blood flow to the brain. The research undertaken to prevent cognitive disorders such as dementia functioned under the assumption that increased blood flow can prevent or delay the condition(s). To increase the blood flow to the brain, they administered nitrate-rich foods orally. Nitrates form nitrous oxide which improves the blood flow. It was seen that the oxygen supply to the brain improved considerably and that the mental ability improved with the regular consumption of beetroot juice, which is a rich source of nitrates (13).

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12. Lowers Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can have a very negative impact on your overall health. It is usually the result of constricted blood vessels that causes difficulty in blood flow. This puts more pressure on your heart to pump blood, and accelerates the process of wear and tear. Beetroot juice, considered one of the healthiest foods in the world, can help in lowering your blood pressure.

Why Does It Work

Several studies have shown that the consumption of beetroot juice significantly lowers blood pressure (14). This has been attributed to the fact that beetroot is rich in nitrates. Nitrates are important for our body because they breakdown to form nitrous oxide that is a vasodilator, which means that it helps in expanding the blood vessels to accommodate more blood flow and eases the pressure on your heart.

[ Read: Health Benefits Of Beetroot Powder ]

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Caution

Although beetroot juice is safe when consumed in moderate amounts, drinking excessive beetroot juice can cause low calcium levels and worsen kidney disease (15).

Beetroot juice can also result in a condition called beeturia, where the urine turns pink or red in color (16). It is not considered to be harmful, but might indicate a deficiency in iron.

Selection And Storage

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Do you know how to make beetroot juice? As it is with most fresh juices, beetroot juice cannot be stored for a very long time. If you are preparing beetroot juice, immediate consumption is advised. This is because of two factors – heat generated during juicing and oxidation – which can cause the juice to degrade.

You may store the juice in the refrigerator if it is supposed to be consumed within a few days. Adding lemon or lime juice, or any other fruit containing citric acid can help prolong the shelf life of the juice since it acts as a natural preservative. Make sure that you use an airtight glass container to store the juice.
Another way to preserve the juice is by freezing it, but it may result in loss of nutrients.

Always extract the juice from fresh, raw beetroots. Cooking or steaming it can cause the beetroot to lose its nutritional value.

Tips For Usage

  1. Beetroot juice can be used as makeup. Simply dip a cotton swab into the juice, and apply to your lips for a gorgeous reddish stain.
  2. Apple, kale, or spinach – give your healthy smoothie a healthier edge by adding beetroot juice to it.

Beetroot juice is essentially health in a glass. So make sure that you incorporate it into your diet. Don’t forget to share your beetroot recipes with us in the comments section below.

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  • Mahima

    Nice article i will definitely try this

    • Arshi Ahmed

      do try Mahima

  • http://www.facebook.com/seerin.sayd.1 Seerin

    Do we get the benefits if we take it as a curry or raw

    • Arshi Ahmed

      raw or juice. not curry

  • http://www.facebook.com/anupama.krishnan.9216 Anupama

    Good article keep sharing

    • Arshi Ahmed

      thanks :)

  • Sandana

    Ya it is very healthy girls give it a try

    • Arshi Ahmed

      :)

  • preethicute

    I like to try it do you know the reciepe for it can we add honey for it for tasting

    • Arshi Ahmed

      yes you can add honey or sugar for taste.

  • lubna

    Good job but m using 3 things…apple’s carrot n beetroot juice together for hub problem…any suggestion??

    • Arshi Ahmed

      hb??????

  • lubna

    *hb problem

  • Easy

    Nice article, I’m juicing beets, carrot and pineapple together. Any other surgestion

    • Arshi Ahmed

      hii juice carrot and beetroot only :)

  • ahmed siddiq

    ya thk u for ur informations..

  • Bharat Patidar

    Is this trick of coloring (red) hair buy using Beet really works or not

    • steve

      Speak English.

  • Suvarna

    Very informative and well-researched article. Thank you for sharing such an interesting post. Never knew that beetroot juice has so many health, skin and hair benefits to offer! There are so many natural remedies easily available for good health and overall well-being. Time to discover! Keep sharing such in-depth and informative articles. Will keep coming back for more :)

  • Investigator

    Excellent article! I love beet juice, and do not mind at all that it changes the color of one’s eliminations. I really enjoy drinking it, and find it easy on my digestive system.

    As the author so aptly wrote, you do not need much of it, to derive the health benefits. It is about time that people appreciated beets!

  • Prasanth

    Does consumption of beetroot / any other juice is better or having them raw is better ?

  • Marites Lavapie Hidalgo

    it’s a little bit confusing, it says that it relieves from diseases related to kidney stones, varicose veins etc. and can lower blood pressure, but why is it that at the lower part (side effects) it says people with hypertension, kidney or bile duct stones should get away from beet? what is the truth in here? Pls.answer me correctly because i am taking beet root juice and i am a former kidney stone patient 10 yrs.ago.

  • kirit shah

    Very good information for health concious people

  • Sunil Chandran

    I have the same doubt asked by Marites Lavapie. It’s a little bit confusing, it says that it relieves from diseases related to kidney stones, varicose veins etc. and can lower blood pressure, but why is it that at the lower part (side effects) it says people with hypertension, kidney or bile duct stones should get away from beet? what is the truth in here? Pls. answer me correctly because i recently started taking beet root juice and i had a cardiac arrest two year ago.. and current by blood pressure is 135 – 85

  • carol

    Same here ,It’s a little bit confusing.it says people with hypertension should not use it ??? I was using it to help lower my blood pressure ! So is it good or not ?

  • Sushm

    Wooooow I neverr knew it was such a magical veggie!!! Can somebody tell me how to make a juice

  • EP

    Thank you’d much f this info it was very healthful I like to read any thing dealing with healthy and natural food.

  • Anonymous

    Nice article i will definitely try this

  • http://facebook p.b.de bruin

    Great all this difference kind off interesting health information, thanks.

  • Anonymous

    salad is better

  • chioma

    you said beetroot lowers blood pressure why do say that in side effect that those with hypertension should stay away from beetroot.is confusing

  • kanimozhi

    useful tips..

  • rhum

    im drinking every morning beet apple and carrot juice in an empty stomach for more than a year now the first thing they noticed in me was my eyes turn bluish gray and asked me if im wearing contact leans and my skin became fair and looks younger ooh i loved it,try it guys.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sharmila, you can take beetroot juice with empty stomach, early in the morning. One hour after consuming the drink you can take your regular breakfast. You can even take it twice a day, one in the morning and the other glass of it before 5 pm in the afternoon.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sourav, yes… drinking beetroot juice once in a day is sufficient and always dilute the juice before you drink. Beet juice is very powerful so you require just a little dosage to get the benefits. You can increase the amount from half a glass to 1 glass gradually.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Yes Lucky, beetroot juice is said to be good for the heart. Beetroot contains the chemical nitrate, which dramatically reduces blood pressure, cutting the risk of heart disease and strokes.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thank you Rahil, for sharing your experience with us :-)