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Is Beet Juice Good for Hormonal Balance?

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author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
Is Beet Juice Good for Hormonal Balance?
Beets are high in boron and manganese. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Hormonal imbalances occur at all stages in a woman's life, from puberty through pregnancy to menopause. Trying to cope with these imbalances can be intensely frustrating. Natural remedies have existed for centuries but few of them bear up under scientific scrutiny. While beet juice does contain small amounts of nutrients essential to the manufacture of certain hormones, there is no evidence that drinking beet juice has any effect in keeping your hormones in balance.

Beet Facts

Beets, also called blood turnips, are related to Swiss chard. The leafy greens are often used in salads and the round, red root bulb is generally pickled or cooked and served hot or cold. The ancient Romans used beets as an aphrodisiac, and while beets are high in vitamins A and C, they also contain boron and manganese, which are instrumental in your body’s manufacture of sex hormones. However, these nutrients exist in amounts too low to affect your hormonal balance.

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Hormone Facts

Hormones carry chemical messages between your cells. Not all messages can be received by all cells. Similar to a wireless Internet connection, the information and capability of receiving it are all around, but only a computer with wireless capability can receive data. Your cells have receptors that are only capable of receiving certain messages, the way a radio can only receive the station it is tuned to. Vitamins and other nutrients contribute to and support the production of your hormones, but beet juice alone is not enough to correct a hormonal imbalance.

Benefits

A diet high in fresh vegetables -- including juices -- supports your overall health and can help you maintain or lose weight. It may also make you feel better mentally and emotionally, which can help when your hormones are out of whack. The vitamin C in beets supports your immune system and is also a powerful antioxidant, scouring free radicals from your system that can contribute to the effects of aging. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy hair, skin and nails. However, beet juice has no measurable effect on your hormone balance.

Warning

Hormonal imbalances can cause serious health problems, so if you believe that your hormones may be out of balance, consult your healthcare provider rather than treating – or even diagnosing – the situation on your own. Home remedies, such as beet juice, may be incorporated as part of your health care strategy, but they are not a substitute for a doctor's care.

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