8 Unknown Benefits of Carrot Juice
Everyone knows that this orange vegetable is good for your skin and vision. But these aren’t its only benefits. If you drink carrot juice you’ll be getting all the nutritional value of the raw vegetable, which is a lot more than if you eat them boiled.
In this article, we’re going to 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 many properties.
Studies have shown that carrots contain almost 500 phytochemicals, which is more than almost every other food in the world. Here are three nutrients in carrots that are worth highlighting:
It’s the substance that makes carrots orange. This nutrient also has very wholesome soluble compounds. Plus, the liver turns beta-carotene into vitamin A. On top of all that, this pigment becomes a powerful antioxidant when it “connects” to harmful molecules. The connection turns the molecules harmless.
Besides the benefits that carrots have because of beta-carotene, they also get a lot their nutritional value from their high vitamin A content. One glass of carrot juice provides almost 700% of an adult’s basic nutritional needs.
This is the vitamin responsible for maintaining eye health and protecting against degenerative illnesses, including cancer. If that’s not enough, vitamin A also promotes bone growth and dental growth, and decreases the risk of heart disease.
This vitamin also supports healthy cellular functions in the body, helps the body to fight off infections, and lowers blood pressure.
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Alpha-carotene is an antioxidant packed with flavonoids. One cup of carrots contains 5.9mg of this substance.
Some people believe that this nutrient can even contribute to a longer life. What’s certain is that alpha-carotene can help prevent lung cancer, and it’s fat soluble.
To get the most out of its properties, it’s best to have alpha-carotene with baked and/or salted servings of food that contain it, like carrots.
There are also many other vitamins and minerals in carrots worth mentioning. This incredibly long list is another part of what makes it a super vegetable, good for children, adults (especially pregnant women) and the elderly.
A cup of carrots provides you with:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Folic acid
What are the benefits of drinking carrot juice?
We’ve told you about the properties of its main ingredients, but we also want to talk about the benefits you get from drinking a tall glass of carrot juice a few times per week.
Carrot juice is best for your body when you drink it on an empty stomach.
It improves oral health
If you just ate an entire raw carrot, that would be enough to clean your teeth.
Still, processed carrots have their health benefits too. For example, they strengthen the teeth and gums, improve blood supply to these areas, and prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth.
Plus, because carrots contain fluoride, eating them prevents tooth decay and keeps tooth enamel in a good state.
It whets the appetite
It has been proven that people recovering from surgery and people with digestive problems can eat more after drinking a little bit of carrot juice.
It’s also good to give it to babies when they start teething.
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Elderly people can also drink carrot juice to keep them in good health when they need to eat more liquid-based foods.
It relieves constipation
Carrots contain a high amount of fiber, which boosts the quality of feces and increases how much you produce, at the same time as it regulates intestinal function.
This juice also helps alleviate stomach problems caused by food poisoning, and soothes gastric problems and heartburn. You might have already guessed, but it’s worth pointing out that carrot juice is good for people with gastritis.
It’s a diuretic
This orange vegetable contains a lot of water. This is great news for anyone dealing with fluid retention, edema or kidney problems.
Drinking a glass of carrot juice on an empty stomach can dissolve kidney stones and make it easier to pass them.
It helps you control your nerves
If you’re about to take a test, go on a first date, or attend a work meeting, we suggest you drink a bit of carrot juice. We also recommend doing this if you’re going through a stressful time or feel tired and worn out.
This is because phosphorous and potassium, found in carrots, have energy-boosting, revitalizing effects.
It helps with cosmetic issues
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. This substance helps your body repair cells damaged by contamination or from contact with chemical substances.
It also helps you keep up regular sebum production for your scalp.
It improves breast milk quality
Vitamin A and beta-carotene are two nutrients that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should absolutely 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 child’s needs.
It’s good for your eyes
Beta-carotene can even prevent premature aging. Unlike some people believe, carrots can’t give people with glasses 20/20 vision, or X-ray vision for people who already have good eyesight.
But eating carrots does protect your eye’s retina and prevent the appearance of cataracts in old age. This makes carrot juice especially good for patients who suffer from vision acuity loss and twilight vision.
All you need to make a healthy, appetizing carrot juice is 6 servings of carrot 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!