Everyone knows that this orange vegetable is good for your skin and vision. However, these aren’t its only benefits. If you drink carrot juice you will be able to benefit from all the nutritional value of the raw vegetable, which is greater if you eat them boiled.
In this article, we’ll tell you about some unknown benefits of this scrumptious vegetable.
Carrot: the orange gold medalist
Carrots are one of the most consumed vegetables in the world, not only because they are delicious and very versatile, but also because of their multiple properties.
Studies have shown that carrots contain almost 500 phytochemicals, which is more than what almost every food in the world contains. Three of the nutrients found in carrots are worth highlighting:
This is what makes carrots orange.
Furthermore, this nutrient also has very wholesome soluble compounds.
Moreover, the liver turns beta-carotene into vitamin A. This pigment also becomes a powerful antioxidant when it “connects” to harmful molecules, and this conversion renders these molecules harmless.
Other than the benefits that carrots get from beta-carotene, they also get a lot their nutritional value from their vitamin A content.
A glass of carrot juice provides almost 700% of adult’s basic nutritional needs.
It’s responsible for protecting eye health and protecting against degenerative illness, including cancer.
If that’s not enough, vitamin A also promotes bone growth, as well as dental growth and it decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition, this vitamin supports healthy cellular functions in the body, it helps the body to fight off infections and it lowers blood pressure.
Alpha-carotene is an antioxidant packed with flavonoids. A cup of carrots contains 5.9mg of this substance.
It is believed that this nutrient can contribute to a longer life. Alpha-carotene also prevents lung cancer, and it’s fat soluble.
To fully get the most out of its properties, it’s best to consume alpha-carotene with baked and salted servings of food that contain this substance, such as carrots.
In addition, there are other vitamins and minerals found in carrots which are worth mentioning, which make it a super vegetable, recommended for children, adults (especially pregnant women) and the elderly.
A cup of carrots provides us with:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Folic acid
What are the benefits of drinking carrot juice?
Besides telling you about the properties of the main nutrients found in carrot juice, it’s also worth highlighting the advantages of drinking a good glass of carrot juice several times throughout the week.
If carrot juice is drunk on an empty stomach, this is better for the body.
It improves oral health
If we ate an entire raw carrot this would be enough to clean our teeth.
However, processed carrots also have their health benefits. For example, they strengthen teeth and gums, improve blood supply to these areas, and they prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth.
Moreover, because carrots contain fluoride, consuming them fights against tooth decay and keeps dental enamel in good health.
It whets the appetite
It has been proven that people who have been recently operated on and are recovering, or those who have digestive problems, can eat more after drinking a little bit of carrot juice.
Also, it’s good to give babies this juice when they start teething.
Elderly people can also drink some carrot juice to help them when they have to eat porridge or soup.
It relieves constipation
This is because carrots contain a high amount of fiber that increases the amount and quality of feces, at the same time regulating intestinal function.
Furthermore, this juice reduces stomach problems caused by intoxication, and calms gastric problems and heartburn. It’s worth pointing out that carrot juice is recommended for patients who suffer from gastritis.
It’s a diuretic
This orange vegetable contains a lot of water in its composition and this is great news for those who suffer from water retention, edema or kidney problems.
A glass of carrot juice drunk on an empty stomach can dissolve kidney stones and make it easier to pass them.
It helps to control your nerves
If you’re about to take a test, have a first date or attend a work meeting, we recommend that you drink a bit of carrot juice. We also recommend doing this if you’re going through a stressful time or if you feel tired and worn out.
This is because phosphorous and potassium, found in carrots, are responsible for producing energetic and revitalizing effects.
It helps with looking after your beauty
There is no food better than carrots to make your nails stronger and add shine to your hair. Carrots have these beauty-enhancing benefits because they contain provitamin A which helps organisms repair cells damaged by contamination or because of contact with chemical substances.
It also allows us to regularly produce sebum for our scalp.
It improves breast milk
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are two nutrients that pregnant women or those who are breast feeding must include in their diets.
According to doctors, both nutrients improve the biological quality of milk and they allow women to produce larger quantities of it based on the needs of the child.
It’s good for your eyes
Beta-carotene has the ability to prevent premature aging. Despite what some believe, carrots won’t give those who wear glasses 20/20 vision nor will it give the rest of us X-ray vision.
However, consuming carrots does protect the retina of eye and prevents the appearance of cataracts in old age. This is why carrot juice is recommended for patients who suffer from vision acuity loss and twilight vision.
To prepare a healthy and appetizing carrot juice all you need is 6 portions of this vegetable and a glass of water. Then follow these instructions: peel and cut the carrots into small chunks, mix them in a blender with the water until the mixture has a creamy consistency, and enjoy!