Health Benefits Of Carrot Juice
Besides being absolutely delicious, carrot juice is loaded with health benefits–which we will get to in a bit, but first can we just take a second to appreciate how beautiful this is?
I really enjoy and prefer carrot juice by itself. It allow me to fully appreciate the taste and creaminess of it all.
Let’s jump right into the why and how of carrot juice.
Health Benefits of Carrot Juice (there are a lot!)
Protects Eye Health
I have always associated carrots with good eye health, ever since I was a child!
There are three key nutrients– beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in carrots which boost eye health. One cup of chopped carrots provides 400% of your Vitamin A needs, so a large glass of carrot juice will contain all the magic you need for good vision and reduced chance of cataracts.
Decreases Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke
Carrots have a high antioxidant content. This is important for a few reasons: The antioxidants help to lower oxidative stress, and improve the body’s defense against cardiovascular disease. In lowering the body’s oxidative stress (free radicals within the body) it helps to improve brain function– no brain fog over here!
It furthermore lowers cholesterol and boosts bile secretion, creating a faster metabolism (win-win!)
Improves Skin Health
Beta Carotene (we mentioned earlier) is critical for healing wounds. Carrot juice increases your ability to heal faster and fight infections and signs of skin inflammation. Hello to glowing skin!
Improves Oral Health
It was mentioned that carrots improve immunity– well that extends to the body’s ability to fight bacteria that enters through the mouth and lives within the gums and teeth. Minerals in carrots help prevent cavities and tooth decay. They also help to remove plaque from your teeth– how awesome is that!
These are just a few of the critical, and totally rad health benefits that carrots/carrot juice provide. I think you will be very happy to hear that carrot juice tastes even better when you know all the good it is doing for you too.
So, how do you make it?
One Ingredient, One Appliance and Voila!
Carrots–check. (One 5lb bag makes 32 oz of juice, as reference)
Juicer– check (my favorite juicer here)
Let’s do it!
I cut the tops off of my carrots, wash them with my fruit/veggie spray, then rinse with water and break them up into pieces so my juicer doesn’t have to over exert itself.
I start feeding the juicer and strain the juice to make it smooth and delightful–remember to save the pulp!!
Pour it into your favorite glass and enjoy. It truly is this simple (cleaning up may be a different story).
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender and then strain with cheese cloth– this process may take a bit longer than using a juicer, and I would advise to cut the carrots into very small pieces!
**I told you to save the pulp and here is why: You can make dehydrated carrot chips with them! Recipe here.
Want to get creative with your juice– here are a few of my favorite combinations!
Other Carrot Juice Recipe Ideas
It is very common to want to experiment with adding other fruits and vegetables to your carrot juice. Here are some of my favorite combinations (and recipes to come):
- Carrot, ginger, turmeric
- Carrot, ginger, apple
- Carrot, sweet potato, ginger, peach
- Carrot, ginger, pineapple
If you couldn’t tell, I adore carrot and ginger together. They compliment each other, and I just love the zing of ginger with the creaminess of the carrot.
Stay tuned for these recipes up on another blog post! In the meantime, have fun with it–get creative and try the juice as you go!
Carrots Every Day, Keeps Your Health Better Than Okay
Give your body what it is craving most: nutrients.
I have heard so many people tell me that fruits and vegetables are bland. Can you guess why they are bland to some people? If you said because they eat a lot of sugary, highly processed foods then yes, you’re correct. While I can’t confirm this is accurate in every situation, a great majority of people who don’t like the taste of fruits and vegetables have saturated their diets with unhealthy, empty and commonly processed foods that offer nothing, but that instant “feel good” buzz.
Whenever someone is struggling with their health and seeking advice, I don’t immediately say “Go Vegan”– instead, I offer that they eliminate all processed foods and incorporate more fruits and veggies. When you are fulfilling your nutrients, your cravings dissipate, your sense of taste explodes (in a great way!) and you feel satiated, lighter, energized and happier.
It is true when they, carrots every day will keep your health better than okay (I think I may have just made that up though, but go with it–it’s true….).