Beets and beet greens are both excellent ingredients to include when your juicing for anemia. In this article I’m going to talk about why they are good for anemia, and I’ll include some juice recipes that contain beets and beet greens in them.
Before we get started, I wanted to clearly state that we are talking about iron deficiency anemia in this article. This is the most common type of anemia, and I figure if you’re reading this article, you’re most likely looking into beet juice for this. I probably didn’t even need to mention this, but I decided it couldn’t hurt to do so. 🙂
Ok, here we go!
Beets and Beet Greens Contain Iron
Iron is a very important nutrient to get into your body if you suffer from anemia. In fact, iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia.
1 cup of beets (136 g) contains 1.09 mg of iron.
1 cup of beet greens (38 g) contains 0.98 mg of iron.
Misunderstandings Related To The Oxalic Acid In Beets and Beet Greens
Beets and beet greens both contain a compound named oxalic acid. These are also known as oxalates.
There is a whole lot of mis-information out there about how the oxalic acid inside of beets and beet greens interferes with the absorption of iron. I wrote another article about how you can better absorb the kind of iron that’s found in vegetables and fruit, and in that article I linked to studies that clearly showed that not only does oxalic acid not interfere with the absorption of iron, but it actually enhances the uptake of the specific type of iron that’s found in foods.
Oxalic Acid and Kidney Stones
I wanted to briefly include that there is much debate about that if you have a history of kidney stones, you might want to limit the amount of oxalates you take into your body. It is thought that oxalates might contribute to some types of kidney stones as these stones are a combination of certain minerals and oxalic acid.
You can actually lessen your chance of getting kidney stones when taking in oxalates while also increasing the amount of iron you absorb by drinking lemon juice.
There are also some other ways to help you better absorb the iron.
How To Increase The Uptake Of The Iron In Beets and Beet Greens
In this article, that I mentioned two sections above, I also talked about specific nutrients you can pair with iron containing vegetables or fruits in order to better absorb the iron in these.
Along with lemon juice, which comes with a triple bonus as it reduces the chance of kidney stones; boosts iron absorption through vitamin C; and boosts iron absorption through citric acid, vitamin C itself boosts iron absorption, citric acid does, and so do many other organic acids.
You can either take these as supplements along with your beet and beet green juice or simply add a vegetable or fruit that contains these. Lemon juice makes a great candidate but so does lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, or any other vegetable or fruit that’s high in vitamin C.
I actually made a list of 15 specific vegetable and fruit juices that are high in vitamin C to help you out.
The Chlorophyll In Beet Greens May Help Anemia Sufferer’s As Well
There’s a reason why this article isn’t only about beets, themselves. Beet greens contain both iron and chlorophyll; two nutrients that might aid with anemia! The reason I say might is because the jury is still mixed on chlorophyll for anemia. I’ve included it here for good reason, though, and I’ll explain why.
Among the many health benefits of chlorophyll, is that it is a blood builder, blood cleanser, and stimulates red blood cell production.
A study of interest, ran by Dr. Arthur Patek, included patients with iron-deficiency anemia who “were fed different amounts of chlorophyll along with iron. Iron alone had already been shown to reverse this condition, but Patek demonstrated that when chlorophyll and iron were given together, the number of red blood cells and the level of blood hemoglobin increased faster than with iron alone.”
Other than this, most of what I’ve found about chlorophyll and anemia comes from people who claim that it has tremendously helped them. Honestly, I’ve found it mentioned so many times in personal testimonies that I can’t link to all of them here. If you’re interested, I would recommend simply googling “chlorophyll for anemia” and then have a look at what you find there.
The testimonies I’ve seen, along with the fact that chlorophyll is a blood builder, and the small study I referenced above all influenced me to, at minimum, mention this molecule as a potential aid for those who suffer with anemia.
The great thing about juicing beet greens is that you don’t have to think too much about the chlorophyll. The iron in them is reason enough. If the chlorophyll helps, it’s simply an added bonus!
A Quick Note About Possible Side Effects
I’ve never personally experienced any side effects when drinking beet juice, and I even conducted my own experiment where I drank quite a bit for a few days, but other people have. I thought about going into all of the details but thought it better to just link you to an article I wrote that separates the facts and the myths about the side effects of beet juice.
Again, I’ve never experienced any side effects but thought you should have all of the info that’s out there before you go pummeling into the recipes.
My best advice when it comes to beet juice is to start out with small amounts of it in the beginning. You can work your way up as you’re more comfortable. One way to do this is to substitute in 1/2 of a beet in place of the amount of beets shown in any of the recipes below.
If you have any questions about this, feel free to leave them in the comment section after the article.
Beet and Beet Green Iron-Rich Juice Recipes For Anemia
#1. All of the recipes on this page contain beet juice in them, but I suggest focusing on 3 of them, specifically. They are recipe #1. “Droppin Beets,” recipe #5. “Can’t Beet This,” and recipe #6. “Gentle Beets.”
The reason I suggest these is that, along with beet juice, they also contain a citrus ingredient that will enhance the uptake of iron.
Here are images of those recipes below, but be sure to click the link above to get a full list of their ingredients.
Scroll down to recipe #13. on the page.
This recipe doesn’t contain citrus fruit but does contain broccoli, which is high in vitamin C and iron, and asparagus, which is also very high in iron.
Scroll down to recipe #16. on the page.
This one’s a fan favorite!
#4. On our juicing for high blood pressure page there are three recipes that double up as excellent juice recipes for anemia. If you suffer from high blood pressure and anemia, these will serve you well.
On the page they are recipe #1. “The One and Only,” recipe #2. “No Pressure,” and recipe #5. “Exquisitely Orange.” Here are images for them, below, but be sure to click the link I just provided to get the full list of ingredients!
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