Beetroot Salad for Liver and Gallbladder Health

Within health food circles, beets are said to be great for liver and gallbladder health right?

I was curious why and found my answer while reading an old article from the Weston A Price Foundation. [1]

In it, there was also a recipe for a beetroot salad.

But spending almost an hour shredding these was totally not worth it… πŸ˜‘ needafoodprocessor

Why beets?

They contain many “minerals, amino acids, galacturonic acid, lactulose and a variety of organic acids such as citric, malic, tartaric and malonic acids that help thin bile.” [1]

Beets are also a good source of nitrate which helps increase nitric oxide availability. This can benefit conditions related to blood vessels like hypertension, cardiovascular diseases (endothelial dysfunction). [2]

Other constituents like betalain pigments have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventive effects that may benefit inflammation, oxidative stress and even cognition. [2]

Simple as recipe:
πŸ₯— Shredded beets, carrots, radish
πŸ₯— Beet greens, steamed and chopped beet greens (I used cucumber instead)
πŸ₯— Grated ginger and garlic (optional)
πŸ₯— Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon
πŸ₯— Olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients and let sit in the fridge for an hour, stir and eat. Keeps for a week in the fridge.

It has a rather plain taste so it can go well with most dishes, or even in a (healthy) burger.

I like to consume mine with some yogurt on top πŸ™‚

References

  1. Choleric Dispositions – The Weston A. Price Foundation
  2. The potential benefits of red beetroot supplementation in health and disease – PubMed (nih.gov)

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