While minor and uncommon, there are a few beet juice side effects. Find out what kind of side effects you may encounter from drinking beet juice on a regular basis...
The most common beet juice side effect, and the only one I have noticed personally, is that it can make your urine and stools temporarily look red. This weird side effect is called beeturia.
It's strange but completely harmless. It can be alarming if you don't know what's happening, though. It typically happens only when a person consumes many ounces of beet root juice in a day.
Another potential beet juice side effect only applies to people with existing kidney or gall bladder problems. High oxylate consumption can increase your body's tendency to crystalllize minerals. Beet greens and, to a lesser degree, beet roots, do contain oxylates.
If you have a history of forming oxylate based kidney stones, you may want to take this into consideration. I would recommend doing some research in order to familiarize yourself with this potential beet juice effect. Also consider speaking with your health care provider before embarking on a beet juicing regiment.
Although I haven't seen any evidence of this, several websites I have seen have listed other side effects of beet juice including hives, chills, and fever. These don't appear to be common and they don't seem to happen when the beet juice is consumed with other vegetable juices, but it is still interesting.
I have also read in a few places that drinking beet juice by itself can temporarily paralyze vocal chords. It isn't common, but if it concerns you, drink beet juice with other vegetable juices.
I have happily consumed lots of beet juice and have never experienced any of these side effects other than the common and not health-threatening beeturia. As a Nutritionist, I have also worked in health food stores that sold freshly juiced beet juice with carrot and apple juice. While working there, I never encountered any incidences of any of these side effects save the first one listed, beeturia. As always, do some research. It's always a good idea to be well informed about health.
If the thought of these side effects concerns you consider adding beet juice to your diet slowly. Start with a quarter of an ounce a day and work up to no more than one to two ounces a day. By paying attention to your body, you can see if beet juice is effective for you.
All in all, beets and beet juice have a very safe history. People all around the world have eaten beets for thousands of years without any major problems. Pay attention to your body and eat whole foods that make you feel good; physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The numerous health benefits of beet juice far outweigh the very small amount of people who have encountered negative side effects. Try it out for yourself, and then judge if beets are right for you.
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