A traditional tonic dating back to the Middle Ages, Beet Kvass was very popular health drink in the region of Russia and Ukraine. Made from fermented beets, it is a probiotic, a digestive aid and a liver tonic – in fact, it is the ultimate super tonic.
Beet Kvass is a purplish red drink and has an earthy, salty taste, which may surprise you at first. You may find, however, that it grows on you and by the time you finish your glass, you are thinking, “Hey! I actually like this!”
A natural probiotic teeming with natural beneficial bacteria, Beet Kvass is rich in minerals and enzymes and is an excellent digestive aid, especially for those challenged by constipation. It cleanses your liver, clears your skin and boosts your immune system. It also helps with allergies and food sensitivities.
Beets contain plenty of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and fiber. The phytonutrients that give beets their intense purplish red colour also have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, and fermentation causes some of these phytonutrients to increase substantially. High in Folate, an important B vitamin, beets are excellent for pregnant women and protect against the risk of birth defects.
Beet juice is helpful for people with high blood pressure, as the natural nitrates in beets are converted into nitric oxide in the body, which helps relax and dilate blood vessels, improving the flow of blood. This property also proves helpful in improving muscle strength and boosting stamina during exercise.
Fermentation makes beets one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, as most of the sugar in beets is eaten up by beneficial bacteria during the fermentation process, which also makes all the health-boosting benefits of raw beets more bio-available. Because of this, diabetics may safely have moderate amounts of Beet Kvass and gain benefit from it. All in all, Beet Kvass makes a great addition to anyone’s diet.