Betain Juice with Celery

Recipe

3 stalks celery

1 small beetroot

½ pear

1 cm piece of ginger

Juice of quarter lemon

I normally use the ‘Twin Gear’ type of slow juicer because I find it produces the best quality juice and is least likely to break down.

Betains

One of the four main groups of plant pigments are the red and yellow betains which are found in relatively few plant species. This includes a few well known vegetables and fruits including beetroots, the chard with the various coloured stems,  cactus fruit also known as prickly pear and goji berries. Like anthocyanins they are water soluble and are sensitive to heat and light.

Betains have a particular affinity and usefulness for the liver. Apparently beetroot and betain detoxify the liver, whilst enhancing its function and even protecting the liver from the effects of drinking too much alcohol. Beets have been used in earlier times to treat disorders of the bladder and kidneys as well as to treat gout and jaundice and to prevent gall stones.

Betain optimises the bodies use of oxygen, which stimulates red blood cell production and lymph activity, which in turn can improve physical performance and stamina.

Betains significantly reduce homo-cysteine levels. Homo-cysteine is an amino acid which is associated with heart disease. Betaine also ‘donates’ methyl groups, assisting the liver to detoxify bad estrogens.

Celery

The base of the juice is celery, which has many wonderful properties and much more useful as a juice ingredient than any other use in the kitchen. Whatever else I am putting in a juice I normally start with a base of celery which comprises about half the juice. Its mild salty flavour seems to mix and even enhance almost everything that goes with it, especially when you have something a bit more acidic and sweet to go with it.

In the past Celery has been used for breaking up gallstones, healing wounds and soothing irritated nerves. In modern times it has been found useful for treating respiratory ailments and its active constituent has proven in studies to lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Two of it’s most useful properties include helping you sleep at night because it soothe nerves and the sodium content causes it to be a natural diuretic helping the body flush out excess water. This reduces puffiness, improving your appearance!

Being rich in potassium as well as organic sodium, makes celery a perfect post-workout tonic.

The celery stalks and seeds contain a substance called apigenin one of about 20 known anti-inflammatory chemicals.

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Recipe and article by Diana Store

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