Beetroot-turmeric juice is the best detox drink, says my mom

Beetroot has many health benefits. Add turmeric to it, and your body will thank you for it. That's because beetroot-turmeric juice is good for detoxification and overall health.
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Drinking beetroot and turmeric juice is healthy. Image courtesy: Freepik
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 8 Jan 2024, 16:00 pm IST
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If you like to make the most of the benefits of beetroot juice by consuming it in the morning, try adding one more wonder ingredient to the drink! While beetroot juice in itself is good to protect the liver by clearing toxins from the body, my mom told me to add turmeric to my glass of beetroot juice. She says it’s the best detox drink that is not just healthy, but also easy to make. I drink this healthy beverage for detoxification and more benefits. Let’s see what an expert has to say about drinking beetroot-turmeric juice for detoxification.

Beetroot and turmeric juice for detoxification

Beetroot is rich in nitrates and betalain that support detoxification by aiding in liver function and blood flow. Nitrates can convert to nitric oxide that may improve blood vessel function and waste removal, explains clinical nutritionist Samreen Saniya.

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Beetroot and turmeric juice helps to detox. Image courtesy: Adobe stock

As for turmeric, it contains curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. It may protect the liver from damage and aid in its detoxification processes.

How to make beetroot and turmeric juice?

There is no single food or drink that can completely detoxify the body. Our body already has effective detoxification systems in place, including the liver, kidneys and the digestive system. All you need to do is keep them healthy. Drinking beetroot and turmeric juice is one way to do that. Here’s how to make it –


• Beetroot – 2 (medium size)
• Turmeric root (1-inch piece)
• Apple (optional) – 1
• Lemon juice (optional) – Half lemon
• Pepper – 1 piece
• Water – As needed


• Thoroughly wash the beetroots and turmeric root.
• Peel the turmeric root and cut both into rough chunks.
• Wash and chop the apples.
• Blend the ingredients with a pepper, little water and then strain the mixture through a fine sieve.
• Pour the juice into a glass and stir in the lemon juice.
• Add water to dilute the juice to the desired consistency.
• Taste and adjust sweetness or tanginess by adding more apple or lemon juice as needed.

Drink the detox juice fresh for maximum benefits, suggests Saniya. If you are unable to finish it, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

What are the health benefits of beetroot and turmeric juice?

Apart from liver health support, the detox drink offers many health benefits. The beetroot-turmeric juice is a good source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese and iron. Combining beetroot and turmeric in a juice can offer many health benefits:

1. Boost to antioxidants

Both beetroot and turmeric are rich in antioxidants needed by our body. They help to protect cells from damage and inflammation.

2. Energy and stamina

Nitric oxide from beetroot enhances oxygen delivery to muscles. So, it may improve your energy and stamina, says the expert.

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Beetroot and turmeric juice can improve your energy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Anti-inflammatory effect

Curcumin in turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. It is beneficial for managing chronic inflammation linked to various conditions like arthritis and muscle soreness.

4. Digestive aid

Beetroot is a good source of fiber, so it promotes gut health and digestion. Also, curcumin in turmeric might help to alleviate bloating and indigestion.

5. Skin health

Antioxidants in beetroot and turmeric help to fight free radicals. They may help to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing, contributing to a healthy glow.

How much beetroot and turmeric juice should we have?

One to two servings (200 to 400ml) per day is generally considered safe for most healthy adults, says the expert. The recommended amount of beetroot and turmeric juice depends on individual factors like health and sensitivity.

1. Medical conditions

The juice might interact with medications or existing health concerns. So, if you have certain medical conditions like kidney stones, anemia or blood pressure issues, consult the doctor before consuming the juice.

2. Sensitivity

Few individuals might experience digestive discomfort or skin sensitivity with higher beetroot intake. Start with smaller amounts and gradually increase if tolerated.

Are there any side effects of beetroot and turmeric juice?

While beetroot and turmeric juice offer potential health benefits, it can also come with some side effects if consumed in large amounts or by individuals with certain conditions.

1. Red urine

It is the most common and harmless side effect, caused by betalain in beetroot colouring the urine. It does not indicate any health problem and resolves within a few days after stopping consumption.

2. Digestive issues

Beetroot has high fiber content that can cause gas, bloating or diarrhea in some individuals, especially with high intake.

3. Nitrate sensitivity

People with kidney issue or blood pressure problems migh be more sensitive to beetroot’s high nitrate content. It may lead to headaches, dizziness or fatigue.

4. Iron absorption

Turmeric can slightly interfere with iron absorption by your body. So, be mindful if you have iron deficiency.

Have a glass of beetroot and turmeric juice in moderation to enjoy its health benefits.

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Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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