Carrot Juice: Amazing Benefits and Recipe

Drinking carrot juice can deliver a wealth of benefits and a more concentrated burst of nutrients than eating carrots alone, which is why it is considered one of the best vegetable juices to maintain optimal health. As the name implies, carrot juice is derived from carrots, which have the scientific name Daucus carota, and are one of the most commonly eaten root vegetables, along with onions and potatoes. More than half of the global supply of carrots comes from China, but this vegetable is available around the world, and used in many different culinary preparations.

These vegetables are famed for their high level contents of beta-carotene, as well as vitamin K and various other key nutrients, which may explain their popularity in juice form. However, unlike many other fruit and vegetable juices, the yield of carrot juice is quite small in comparison to the number of carrots required to make it. In other words, a single carrot is approximately 1 serving, whereas a single cup of carrot juice requires 3 large carrots to produce. While eating carrots is good for your health, drinking carrot juice is far better.  Carrot juice provides more than 3 times the recommended amount of vitamin A, as well as significant amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin B6 and phosphorous. In this concentrated form, carrot juice can provide a huge amount of notable benefits with few side effects.

Benefits of Carrot Juice

Some of the most impressive health benefits of carrot juice include its ability to prevent cancer, improve vision health, lower blood pressure, stimulating the immune system, speeding up the metabolism, protecting cognitive health, strengthening the nervous system and optimizing digestion, among others.

Cancer Prevention: The many antioxidants found in carrots are transferred to the juice, including high levels of beta-carotene. Research has shown that antioxidants are able to reduce oxidative stress in the body, preventing the mutation of healthy cells and lowering your risk of cancer. Beta-carotene has been specifically linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Blood Pressure: With significant levels of potassium (approximately 15% of your daily required intake), this juice is excellent for protecting heart health by lowering blood pressure and preventing the dangers of hypertension. As a vasodilator, potassium helps to ease tension in blood vessels and arteries, which protects cardiovascular health.

Metabolism: Carrot juice is extremely rich in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B6, thiamine and riboflavin. B vitamins are critical to certain metabolic activities in the body, as well as nerve function and brain function, helping all of your organ systems run properly.

Cognition: The same oxidative stress responsible for mutations and cancer can damage brain function, causing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The beta-carotene and other antioxidants found in carrot juice are able to counter these effects, and studies have shown that regular carrot juice supplementation can improve cognitive function.

Bone Mineral Density: With an impressive range of minerals, particularly potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, this concentrated juice is excellent for preventing the early onset of osteoporosis and boosting your bone mineral density levels.

Digestive Health: A unique thing about carrot juice is that it can stimulate bile secretion, which improves digestive efficiency and optimizes nutrient uptake. Furthermore, carrot juice is a good source of dietary fiber, which can treat symptoms of constipation, cramping and bloating by stimulating peristaltic motion in the gut.

Vision: The legendary effects of beta-carotene on vision health are well known in the natural remedy community, and since carrot juice is such an incredibly concentrated source of this nutrient, it is often recommended for people with poor vision. It can protect against further damage to the retina and slow down the onset of cataracts.

Immunity: There are notable amounts of vitamin C found in carrot juice, which will stimulate the production of white blood cells by the body, in addition to acting as an antioxidant on its own. The other antioxidant substances, including vitamin E and vitamin A, can also help to protect the body from oxidative stress and chronic disease, which supports the immune system.

Skin Irritation: Carrot juice has long been known as a skin health aid, thanks to the presence of beta-carotene and vitamin C. Beta-carotene has certain anti-inflammatory effects, helping to reduce symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions, while vitamin C’s immune boost can eliminate any underlying infections on the skin.

Carrots with Milk

Carrot milk is a very popular beverage in India and a number of other Asian countries, and consists of raw carrots blended with milk, ice cubes and some cardamom powder. It combines many benefits of carrots, as well as the mineral content of milk (condensed or normal) and the antioxidants of cardamom together.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 large raw carrots
  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 2 cups of water (filtered)

Step 1 – Add the carrots and water into a pot and bring to a boil.

Step 2 – Allow the carrots to become tender (4-5 minutes of boiling).

Step 3 – Add the carrots and water to a blender and puree.

Step 4 – Heat the milk in a pot until it begins to boil, then allow it to cool for 1-2 minutes.

Step 5 – Stir in the carrot puree and cardamom powder into the milk until thoroughly blended.

Step 6 – Allow the mixture to cool, and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 7 – Serve and enjoy!

How to Prepare Carrot Juice

Making carrot juice is slightly easier than making carrot milk as it only requires raw carrots and water, but with a bit of extra effort, you can enjoy this extremely nutrient-dense beverage at home.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/2 cup of water (filtered)

Step 1 – Wash and chop the carrots.

Step 2 – Add the chopped carrots and water to the blender.

Step 3 – Blend the carrots for 60 seconds.

Step 4 – Stretch a piece of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag over a mason jar and slowly pour the juice through.

Step 5 – Squeeze the pulp in the cheesecloth or nut milk bag repeatedly to extract as much juice as possible.

Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!

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