This carrot and celery juice recipe is refreshing, antioxidant and super tasty. You just need a juicer and you are good to go.
The benefits of drinking fresh carrot juice
One of the main reason juicing is so popular today is simply the ease of access to fresh vegetables and fruits. Carrots are one of those juicing ingredients you can juice alone or combine with other fruits and vegetables (like celery) for the ultimate taste. Its flavour pairs perfectly well with other natural produce used in juicing. However, carrot and celery juice offers more than just a great taste. Its health benefits are incredible. Let’s talk a bit more about carrots and nutrition.
Carrot juice and nutrition
Naturally, carrot juice is very dense nutritionally offering lots of benefits or the perfect alternative to diverse fruit juices. Research suggest that a full single glass of carrot juice gets you diverse benefits, including lots of minerals and vitamins.
- Potassium (689 mg)
- Vitamin C (20.1 mg)
- Thiamine (0.217 mg)
- Vitamin B6 (0.512 mg)
- Vitamin A (2,256 mcg)
- Vitamin K (36.6 mcg)
- Fibre (1.90g)
- Carbohydrates (21.90g)
- Fat (0.35g)
- Protein 2.24g)
- Kilocalories (94kcal)
Carrot juicing and cancer
Carrot juice contains lots of antioxidants and comes up in diverse areas of cancer study due to the effect of antioxidants against abnormal cell growth that results in cancer. In one study published by Journal of Gastric Cancer, carrot juice was found to have effect on stomach cancer and lowered the risk of getting the disease.
In another study, carrot juice was used in the management of leukaemia and found to induce affected cells to self-destruct ending the progression of leukaemia, indicating inherent bioactive chemicals in carrot juice capable of treating the disease.
Carrot juice’s beta-carotene has been indicated as capable of offering prevention against prostate cancer.
Carrot juice contains carotenoids in high levels, which have shown the ability to ensure breast cancer doesn’t reoccur. In a study of survivors of breast cancer, carotenoids in carrot juice were found to lower oxidative stress markers.
Carrots and cholesterol
If you are having problems with cholesterol and would you like to control it yourself or complement medication, then carrot juice can definitely help. The huge potassium levels in carrot juice can help you maintain the recommended and healthy level of cholesterol. In the process, the risks associated with cholesterol, strokes, high blood pressure to heart diseases will be reduced. But please note that prior to stopping the intake of any medication you should consult your doctor first.
Carrot juice effect on dementia and memory issues
Carrot juice’s beta carotene could be exactly what you need to enhance your brain activity, lower the threat of dementia and memory issues related to age. Oxidative stress has been found to cause damage to brain cell causing nerve and brain cells to find it hard to regenerate. As such, cognition functions are affected since nerve signalling cannot take place. Intake of beta-carotene for 12 weeks in a study was found to lower oxidative stress. Carrot juice’s beta-carotene could help you strengthen your mind, enhance your memory and make your brain more active.
Carrot juice and COPD
As indicated, carrot juice does include lots of vitamin C. In a study looking to find the link between COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and vitamin C in a diet, Korean adults and above 40 years old and above were found to have high cases of COPD when the intake of vitamin C and other nutrients found in carrot juice such as potassium and carotene was low. Also, heavy smokers were also found to have lower COPD risk if they ingested more vitamin C in contrast with those who took small amounts.
Carrot juice and pregnancy
Since carrot juice includes minerals such as Vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, folate and even traces of calcium it can be highly beneficial for pregnant women. Calcium is critical in ensuring a foetus has strong cartilage and bones. Other elements, including folate ensure birth defects are avoided. Vitamin A and C guarantee antioxidants are provided during pregnancy protecting the foetus and the mother from the destructive effects of free radicals, boosting their immune system and safeguarding them from a host of infections.
The huge benefits of consuming carrot juice cannot be underestimated. Even so, carrot juice disadvantages aren’t entirely absent. Beta-carotene in carrots, a carotenoid, is transformed by the body into vitamin A. While its positive effects are numerous, over-intake of carotenoids for a long time could change the skin into yellow-orange in what is termed as carotenoderma. But to be honest that won’t really happen if you drink a glass or two of juice a day.
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- 6 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 sticks celery, peeled and chopped
- 6 oranges or 600ml of fresh orange juice
All you need is a juicer and juice carrots, celery and orange (unless you already have fresh orange juice).