Beets for Breakfast?

Beets are a great support for detoxification, so why not have some for breakfast? If you have a Vitamix, it's easy to do and pretty too. 

Check it out: Raspberry Beet Smoothie!



1/2 cup water

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 small carrot

2, 1" chunks of beet, washed but not peeled

1 cup frozen organic raspberries

1/2 frozen banana

2 slices fresh ginger

Stevia if desired

Combine in your Vitamix and blend until smooth. If you don't have a Vitamix, you can cook the beet first, leave out the carrot, and substitute the fresh ginger with powdered ginger.

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Beets contain betaine and betalin pigments, both of which support detoxification. Betaine is made up of choline (a B vitamin) and 3 methyl groups. These molecules regulate inflammation and can help lower homocysteine levels and C-reactive protein levels, markers that may indicate inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease. Betaine helps remove excess homocysteine and toxins associated with inflammation. It acts as a lipotropic (fat-emulsifying) compound and promotes the flow of fat and bile to and from the liver. Bile is one of the primary substances through which toxins are eliminated, and when bile flow is impaired, fats and toxins can accumulate in the liver.

Additionally, betalin pigments are known to support the Phase 2 glutathione conjugation pathway of detoxification. Betalins attach to certain unwanted toxins for neutralization and removal. Beets also contain a unique and unusual combination of other anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that trigger inflammation. Beets are high in fiber and rich in vitamins, minerals, and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

Enjoy your beets!

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