Beetroot is relatively straight forwards to grow and accordingly it is very popular, with a unique flavor and color to add to salads and juice. Beetroot is biennial which is grown like an annual vegetable which should be grown in damp areas. Once the beetroot is ready, harvest by lifting the leaves then cut them off, and store on a damp newspaper. The beetroot should then keep for 2 to 3 months. It has a wide variety of uses in the kitchen which means that you are unlikely to waste any of it. It can be used in soups, salads and chutneys and also juice, it is also good served as a hot vegetable, and the high sugar content means that it can be used as a good base for home made wine. Beetroot juice is extracted from raw beetroot and is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin c, it is a known fact that drinking beetroot juice helps in lowering blood pressure, as much as beetroot has its health benefits it also has some side effects let’s look at the health benefits -it rich in antioxidants and nitrates which helps in lowering high blood pressure and also improves blood circulation -increases muscle strength -it destroys free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage -very beneficial to people who are anemic The benefits are quite a number but some people might react to it (suffer side effects) the best way to take beetroot juice and reduce the possibility of side effects is to dilute it with water or vegetables or other fruit juice. Beetroot juice has very strong and earthy flavor, it is best consumed by mixing with other vegetables and fruit juices. The best fruits and vegetables to dilute with are apples, carrots, pineapples, cucumber ( p.s pregnant women should consult the doctor before drinking beetroot juice. Now to the side effects - Allergic reaction This includes rashes, itchiness, breaking out in hives, chills and fever. Most side effects are common. - Diarrhea (in some people) - Beeturia - Kidney stones

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