The Confused Vampire (amped-up Beet Juice)

Last night I found a recipe online that sounded intriguing. I change it to suit my tastes, and arrived at a wicked-good juice. It hardly gets any better (for you) than this!  Now, I’ll be very honest with you about this juice.  It’s not your standard-fodder for sipping on a hot summer’s day.  It’s not scrumptious.  It’s pure, unadulterated nutrition straight to your cells.  Although, if you were to take out the garlic, it would be a seriously delicious feast…but c’mon…you gotta have the garlic.

The Confused Vampire

A thumb sized piece of ginger
2 garlic cloves
1/2 bunch parsley
2 beets with greens (scrubbed, not peeled)
2 granny smith apples
1 large navel orange (peeled)
1 lemon (peeled)

Juice in this order and enjoy!  Makes about 3 cups.

So, let’s take a look at just why this juice is so amazingly good for you.

Beets

Beets are a great source of Folate, Manganese and Potassium.  Folate aids in the creation of new cells.  It’s one reason why pregnant women guzzle down orange juice!  Don’t forget that, while we all understand cell development in a fetus, they’re still growing, splitting, and developing in you!  Beets have also been shown to be benifitial in the treatment of cancerous tumors. And, don’t forget the  betalains, an elite anti-inflamitory and antioxident compound found in beets.  This is a really unstable molecule which degrades very quickly under cooking. Good thing you’re eating them raw!  Lastly, is the glutathione reaction in the body.  Those betalains aid in triggering GST (Glutathione-S-transferase) enzymes to do their dirty work.  GSTs hook toxins, and rip them into the color for evacuation.

Garlic

Allicin, a sulphur compound, acts as a conduit in the cell wall to help transfer out stored Iron, making it more available.  It also has been shown to help regulate blood pressure, and cardiac protection.  Finally, preliminary research is showing that garlic might help regulate the number of fibroblastic cells that transform into fat cells.  And, lets face it.  Keeping away vampires is no easy feat, either!

Parsley

Some of the volitile oils found in parsley have been shown to inhibit tumor growth in animals particularly in the lungs.  Not a bad start for a garnish, eh? It’s also a great source of folic acid, one of our body’s favorite heart-healthy vitamins.

The list goes on and on; we haven’t even touched the oranges, apples, and lemons!  For whatever your reasons are, drinking this Confused Vampire is simply good for you.

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