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What Are the Benefits of Beet & Apple Juice?

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author image Marie Dannie
Marie Dannie has been a professional journalist since 1991, specializing in nutrition and health topics. She has written for "Woman’s Own," the "Daily Mail," the "Daily Mirror" and the "Telegraph." She is a registered nutritionist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in food science from the University of Nottingham.
What Are the Benefits of Beet & Apple Juice?
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Freshly made juices let you drink in the many health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Raw beets and apples are two of the more popular fresh juices. Because of their sweet taste and rich flavor, they're tasty as well as nutritious. It takes 1 1/2 cups of fresh, chopped, raw beets to make a 1/2-cup serving of fresh beet juice, and 4 cups of chopped apples to make 1 cup of fresh apple juice. You can drink beet and apple juice together, separately or mixed with other fresh fruit or vegetable juices.

Potassium Content

Apple and beet juices are rich in potassium, with 1/2 cup of beet juice containing 663 milligrams of potassium and a 1-cup serving of apple juice having 535 milligrams of potassium. The recommended dietary intake of potassium is 4,700 milligrams for adult men and women. This means that a single serving of beet juice has 14 percent of the RDI of potassium, while a single serving of apple juice has approximately 11 percent of the RDI. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps build proteins and control your heart’s electrical activity. It also helps maintain your body’s acid-base balance.

Rich in Vitamin C

Fresh beet and apple juice are both a source of vitamin C. A 1/2 cup of beet juice has 10 milligrams of vitamin C per serving, and a 1-cup serving of fresh apple juice has 23 milligrams. The recommended dietary intake of vitamin C is 75 milligrams for adult women and 90 milligrams for adult men, so beet juice provides 11 to 13 percent of the RDI for vitamin C, while apple juice provides 25 to 30 percent of the RDI. As a natural antioxidant, vitamin C protects your body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also helps your body in the production of collagen, keeping your ligaments, blood vessels, skin and tendons strong and helping your body repair wounds.

Folate Content

Folate, also known as vitamin B-9, is present in high quantities in beet juice. A 1/2-cup serving of beet juice has 222 milligrams of folate, or 56 percent of the adequate intake of folate for adult men and women. As a B vitamin, folate supports your immune and nervous systems, helping your body better tolerate stress, as well as aiding in the breakdown of carbs into usable energy. Folate is also essential for helping your body grow and is necessary for the production of DNA, making it very important during periods of rapid body development, such as during pregnancy.

High in Vitamin K

Fresh apple juice is a good source of vitamin K. A single, 1-cup serving has 11 micrograms. The daily adequate intake for adult men is 120 micrograms of vitamin K, while for adult women, it's 90 micrograms. This means a serving of fresh apple juice has 12.2 percent of the daily AI of vitamin K for women, and a little over 9 percent of the daily AI for adult men. Vitamin K helps your blood coagulate, so it is sometimes called the clotting vitamin. It also helps your body use calcium, so it aids with maintaining strong bones and teeth.

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