Improving Health with Beets

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Do beets fight cancer?

As an endurance athlete I thought that beets/beet juice was my little secret but now you’ve let the cat out of the bag so to speak. I am curious if you had any comments on Dr. Ferenczi’s early Hungarian studies on the use of beets/beet juice to combat cancer?

azwildcat76 / Originally posted in So Should We Drink Beet Juice Or Not?


I see Dr. Ferenczi has published papers in both Hungarian and German. Anyone out there willing and able to translate them for me if I send you the PDFs? For an overview of my beet videos, see my blog yesterday at One Green Planet: Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. Dr. Rudolph Bruess was a big proponent of healing cancer with juice fasting that included large amounts of beet juice. He published a book summarizing his life’s work called The Bruess Cancer Cure.

    1. When applying a large amount of one food, in this case beets, to a clinical condition you change many variables. It is therefore difficult to attribute the effect to the food involved. Fasting has been shown to be beneficial for many conditions but there is a spectrum from water fasting to juice fasting.

    2. Fruit juice fasting is not the best option for optimal health. It maybe o.k. to do a juice fast for one meal but eating the whole fruit or vegetable is a healthier option. Furthermore, juicing can lead to hyperglycemia. It was associated with higher rate of DM2 in women

      For more information on the health benefits of why you should eat the whole food versus the juice is found here:

      1. I’m not sure that is entirely justified: the term juicing refers to juicing fruits and vegetables fresh (mostly vegetables) – whereas it appears that the study was using commercial fruit juices – which I think we can all agree are basically processed junk food.

        Personally, I’ve had many benefits from doing juice fasts using freshly made vegetable (and a little fruit) juices – but I’ve yet to find any studies that conclusively differentiate between the home made juices and the commercial ones – so you are right to question their validity. Keep an open mind though, as these home made juices are quite different – and they can be wonderful for people with digestive issues. They have a lot more fibre (soluble and insuluble), enzymes and phytochemicals than the dead, filtered commercial juices.

        Last summer I remember a day in South Italy fasting on carrot / apple / ginger / lemon juice (freshly made)… Spent 3 or 4 hours in the midday sun on the beach without cream and didn’t burn. I didn’t even get very brown, which is crazy considering my fair skin. To me this is anecdotal evidence that the phytonutrients make it into the body. (That and the fact that my skin sometimes goes slightly orange!)

  2. I’m late joining in on the conversation, but I’m an American student living (and soon studying Nutrition!) in Vienna, Austria. Your work has been a big inspiration to me, and I would like to try helping out if you still have the German version of the PDFs! I know it will take me a while to get through it, but it would be great practice!

  3. I am a commercial pilot and have kept my blood pressure in check with exercise and using the beet juice regimen. Problems is the Designated Medical Examiner (DME) I get my medical with winces at the pink urine. I explain it is normal but doesn’t like it.

    So my question is are GOLDEN BEETS just as good? Are the nitrate levels the same? Urine effects? Can find nothing on internet search.

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