Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Uses and medicinal properties of bitroot

Uses of Beetroot and Remedy of Diseases

A Tonic for Health -

Beetroot is a good tonic food for health.
      It contains:
      -carbohydrates, mainly in the form of sugar 
      -it has a little protein and fat.

The leaves- Like all green vegetables, the leaves should be cooked with a small amount of water and for only a short time. The fresher the beets, the better the flavour and the quicker they cook.
bitroot juice with pine apple and cucumber 

Juice -The beet juice is considered as one of the best vegetable juice. It is a rich source of natural sugar.
 It contains - 1. sodium
                    2. potassium
                    3. phosphorus
                    4. calcium
                    5. sulphur
                    6. chlorine
                    7. iodine
                    8. iron
                    9. copper
                  10. silica 
                  11. vitamin B1
                  12. vitamin B2
                  13. vitamin C
          and  14. vitamin P

This juice is rich in easily digestible carbohydrates, but the calorie content is low. The protein factors and amino acids are good in both quality and quantity.

Beneficial for Kidneys and Gall Bladder Ailments - The bitroot juice has properties to clean the kidneys and gall bladder. Being rich in alkaline elements, pottasium, calcium, magnesium and iron, they are useful in combating acidosis and acid the natural processes of elimination.  The beet juice, in combination with the juice of carrot and cucumber, is one of the finest cleansing material for kidneys and gall bladder. It is highly beneficial in all disorders relating to these two organs.

Blood forming qualities - Beetroot juice is associated with human blood. It has blood-forming qualities. Due to its higher content of iron, it regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells, supplies fresh oxygen to the body and helps the normal function of vesicular breathing i.e. normal breath sound. It is thus extremely useful in the treatment of anaemia. The juice of the beetroot strengthens the body's powers of resistance and has proved to be an excellent remedy for anaemia .

Beneficial for jaundice,hepatitis,nausea & vomiting due to biliousness,diarrhoea and dysentary -
Beetroot juice is beneficial in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis, nausea and vomitting due to biliousness, diarrhoea and dysentary. Adding a teaspoonful of lime juice to this juice increases its medicinal value and
can be given as a liquid food in these conditions.

A Medicine for gastric ulcer - Fresh beetroot juice mixed with a teaspoonful of honey taken every morning before breakfast helps the healing of gastric ulcer. Leaves of beet root, eaten as green-leafy vegetable and its juice, mixed with lime juice, are also valuable in jaundice and gastric ulcer. The juice should be taken once daily. The cellulose content of the beetroots acts as a bulk residue, increases peristalsis.

A Medicine for Constipation and piles - Its regular use thus prevents habitual constipation. A decoction
of the beet root is highly valuable in chronic constipation and haemorrhoids, i.e.piles. It may be given in doses of half to one tumblerful at bed time.

A Medicine for Hypertension,Arteriosclerosis,heart trouble & varicose veins - The beet juice is an excellent solvent for inorganic calcium deposits. It is, therefore, valuable in the treatment of hypertension, arteriosclerosis, heart trouble and varicose veins.

Beneficial for Boils,Skin inflamation and outbreaks of pimples and pustules - The water in which
beet roots and tops have been boiled is an excellent application for boils, skin inflammation and out breaks
of pimples and pustules. The white beet is better for this purpose. For an irritable skin the body should be sponged down occassionally with a mixture of three parts of beet water to one part of white vinegar. This mixture is also useful as a skin wash in cases of measles and eruptive fevers.
bitroot - carrot juice

Useful for Dandruff - The decoction of beets mixed with little vinegar can be used externally to cleanse scurf or dandruff from the head. For dandruff, the beetroot water should also be massaged into the scalp with the ginger tip every night. The health benefits of beetroot include their stimulating effects on the liver's detoxification processes.

Beneficial for cancer treatment -The betacyanin content gives beetroot its rich purple-crimson colour and is a potent cancer - fighting agent. When making a beetroot salad, using both the beetroots and beet greens. Beet greens can be used to prevent various types of cancer. Beetroot juice can even cure cancer.

It maintains cholesteral levels -  Beetroot's fibre promotes both healthy cholesterol levels and bowel function.

It cleans blood - Beetroot contain vitamin C, sulfur, iron and are known for their ability to cleanse the blood.  It improves the quality of the blood. It also purifies the blood and brings redness to the body.

It controls blood pressure - Beetroot contains copious amounts of Vitamin-C, folic acid and potassium, and silica which makes it a useful antidote to eating too much salt and a contributor to lowering blood pressure. Silica aids the uptake of calcium. The benefits of beetroot on high blood pressure are staggering! They reached top of the list in the high blood pressure foods. If you drink 500ml of beetroot juice every day, it can significantly reduce your blood pressure, according to UK researchers. When healthy volunteers drank the juice their blood pressure dropped within the hour. What was causing this effect? Nitrates. These nitrates are also present in other green, leafy vegetables that you are encouraged to eat in your nutrient rich diets. Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine was leading the research, along with Professor Ben Benjamin of the Peninsula Medical School. When the beetroot is chewed, saliva mixes with it along with bacteria from off the tongue. It is then converted into nitrite. Then we have another chemical reaction when it reaches the stomach. Because the stomach has an acidic environment, another chemical reaction occurs, the nitrite in the saliva turns to nitric oxide or will re-enter the circulation again as nitrite. The peak drop in blood pressure happened 3 - 4 hours after chewing and swallowing but it went on dropping gradually for up to 24 hours. The leading researcher, Professor Amrita Ahluwalia said: "Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern day battle against rising blood pressure.

Other  benefits - Beetroots should be used in a diet since they are considered a negative calorie food .
The beetroot is a bit hard to digest. It is oily, cool, nutritious and bile controller.It reddens and vitalises the body. The betaine content of the beet helps in cleansing the stomach and the intestine.In France, there
have been many experiments on the use of very large quantities of beetroot juice to aid recovery in cases
of malignancy. In Germany, the juice is available in bottles. It is widely used as a powerful restorative during convalescence. Beetroot juice is harmless and beneficial. As it is rejuvenating, it is effective in every type of weakness.

A recent small scale study at Exeter University in England, U.K. found that drinking beetroot juice improved the endurance of athletes.

Caution: Beet greens and to a lesser extent beet roots are high in oxalate, and are generally considered unsuitable for people following a low-oxalate diet. Anyone with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming beetroot and beet greens.
Finally,Health Benefits of Beetroot Juice - It is claimed they have the ability to:
                                     -clean and build the blood
                                     -lower blood pressure
                                     -improve circulation
                                     -calm the nerves
                                     -improve the health of the liver, kidneys, and bladder
                                     -clean the intestines
                                     -fight cancer
                                     -improve menstrual problems
                                     -cure anemia 


How to make bitroot juice

1. Beet Juice Recipe with Carrot and Celery

Ingredients  :
1.    1 small beetroot (the small ones are sweeter!)
                     2.    2 large carrots
                     3.    1 stalk of celery

Directions  :
                 -Wash the vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable brush.
                 - Remove the carrot and beetroot tops, and peel the beetroot if its skin is tough. If it has a nice thin                    skin then just cut off the top.
                 - Slice up the vegetables to fit your juicer.
                 - Juice and serve.

For a sweeter drink one can  add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots.

The green beetroot tops are edible, rich in beta-carotene, and can also be juiced. They have a strong flavour and are rich in oxalic acid which if taken in excess may form kidney stones. I find a little goes a long way.

2.  Beetroot Juice with Cucumber and Pineapple

This makes a fabulous drink which is best consumed on an empty stomach as it's very cleansing!
         1.    1 small beetroot
         2.   ½ cucumber
         3.   1 cup of pineapple chunks

          - Remove the top from the beetroot and scrub using water and a stiff vegetable brush to
            remove any   dirt.
          -Peel or wash the cucumber. If the cucumber is waxed then remove the wax by peeling it.
          -Slice the pineapple and remove its tough skin.
          -Cut the fruit and vegetables to fit your juicer.
          -Juice and serve.

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