Beet juice has the ability to enhance immunity, increase blood flow, and can even block cancer cells as they form, according to research. Beets are full of nitrates that help you produce nitric oxide, which slows down the process of aging and even improves sports performance.

According to one groundbreaking study, the unique antioxidant in beets, called betalain, has been observed to half cancer cells in the laboratory and seems to help your body get rid of the contaminants that can cause disease now and down the road.

This study showed that betalains are "anti-mutagenic" and have "strong free radical scavenging and antioxidant activities." This means that beets function to help the body clean the kinds of contaminants that do not interact with the cells in a good way. According to scientific research, beet juice is also known to improve muscle strength, slow dementia, help you sustain a healthier weight, and likely even prevent cancer.

If you had to pick only one more beverage to drink for anti-inflammation and disease-fighting effects for the remainder of your life, it should be beet juice, experts suggest. Beets are good sources of folate, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.

Beets are rich in antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, studies have shown. Betacyanin, a plant pigment that some preliminary research indicates might help protect cells from harmful carcinogens, gives them their deep red color. High levels of a unique fiber found in beets may also be linked to a lower incidence of colon cancer.

But cooking them destroys some of the nitrates, so you're better off juicing the beetroot and consuming the super bright red juice. So that in the cooking process, you get the nutrients and do not miss the advantages.

This root is now in season, being sold in groceries and farm stands both, so all you have to do is cut the leaves off (although we believe that these will be the new kale - something that will no longer be discarded but added for their nutritious compounds to your blender or smoothie or soup).

Not sure what to drink this evening? If you want to mix the healthiest juice with a favorite cocktail, simply add beet juice to your vodka and soda for a beautiful, blood-red combination that will have everyone wondering if there's a new brand of cocktail in town.

Tell your family and friends about beet juice so you can enjoy longer, healthier lives together.