Beetroot juice

Where does beetroot originate from?

Beta Vulgaris or beetroot, evolved from a wild sea beet. Originally it was cultivated in the Mediterranean after being discovered upon the shore of India and Britain. Sea beet was considered as more than a delicacy by the Romans and was considered to be worth the same as silver, lb for lb.

The romans used it for honey, broths and wine but it was also recognised for its medicinal properties that could cure a number of illnesses. These included constipation, fever, wounds and skin problems. In modern society, beetroots are now grown in fertile soils across farmland, ready to be harvested just in time for summer for us all to appreciate.

Do beetroots have a good effect on human health?

First of all, three baby beetroots count as one portion of your vegetable recommended daily allowance. This fact shows that there is much power in beets that can be appreciated by all.  Beet root juice can improve your stamina and keep you energized throughout the day, it can make your muscles work efficiently and will reduce your blood pressure.

Beet root juice can be a great hangover cure, as it contains beta-cyanin which is responsible for the lush purple colour of beetroot. Beta-cyanin is also an antioxidant which can cleanse your liver and keep your digestive system working at optimal levels. Beet juice also contains nitric oxide which improves blood circulation and can even be a natural aphrodisiac!

A lesser known fact about beetroots is that they contain betaine, a natural chemical that promotes feel-good factors in the brain and is used to fight depression. Beet juice also contains tryptophan which does a similar job.

The wonderful beet root has only 43 calories per 100 grams when eaten whole and it can be combined with salads, desserts, drinks and savoury dishes. It is an ultimate all-rounder that should become a part of your diet today.

Fun Beetroot facts

In Australia, McDonalds and Burger King include sliced beetroot on their burgers.

The heaviest beet root ever grown weighed 51.4lbs, in was grown in 2001 in the UK by Ian Neale.

The colour is extracted from beet root juice to enhance the colour of tomato paste, strawberry jam and even ice cream.

UK millionaire mogul Sir Alan Sugar claims one of his first ever jobs was boiling beetroots for his local green grocer.