Juicing is suddenly all the rage. People who have never paid much attention to nutrition before are suddenly discovering the amazing benefits of juicing every type of fruit and vegetable available. But why this sudden excitement?
Perhaps one reason is that powerful juicers are more widely available now due to lower cost and variety. I personally like this juicer. Twenty years ago quality juicing machines were bulky and expensive…too expensive to purchase for most people who weren’t even sure they would actually stick with it after giving it a trial run. Besides that, more research studies have been done on the benefits of juicing.
Top Benefits of Juicing
Ability to “eat” all of the fruits and vegetables we should
Even for those of us who focus on nutrition, it can be a real challenge to squeeze in the 6-8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables that are recommended for optimal health. But, juicing makes it a breeze. I recommend using a masticating juicer to get the most juice from your fruits and veggies.
Ability to “eat” the variety of vegetables we should
We know we need a variety of produce to ensure we are getting all of the vitamins and minerals we need, but let’s face it: there are some that we just don’t enjoy eating raw or eating at all. By juicing these vegetables, along with a mixture of other fruits and vegetables, we can get what our body needs without having to fully taste what we don’t like.
Ability for our bodies to absorb all of the nutrients from fruits and vegetables
Because of our typically poor eating habits in the Western world, our digestion doesn’t work as ultimately as it was meant to. By juicing, we make it much easier for our bodies to absorb the nutrients they need without having to go through the full digestive process.
So why are carrots specifically good to juice? There are so many reasons! Have you seen the GIANT bags of carrots at the store, ready to juice? You don’t see any other vegetables sold in bulk like that. Carrots are special…
Carrots pack a powerful nutritional punch! They are loaded with all types of antioxidants and vitamins that our bodies crave. The nutrition carrots offer helps stave off illness, reduce the risk of major breakdowns in health and help return health when illness does occur. You can’t ask for more than that! Plus, carrot juice is delicious! If you’ve never had a glass of fresh carrot juice, you are in for a treat!
7 Health Benefits of Carrot Juice
The antioxidant, carotenoid, which gives carrots their bright orange color, builds up the immune system by defending the body from viruses, destructive bacteria, free radicals, and inflammation. Carotenoids and other antioxidants found in carrots help reduce your chances of getting short-term ailments, as well as serious chronic conditions, such as cancer.
The major antioxidants found in carrots and carrot juice include vitamin C, lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin. Carrots are one of the highest food sources of beta-carotene and carotenoids available. Both of these antioxidants help fight various types of chronic diseases, such as cancer, by stopping damage to DNA and reducing inflammation.
Carrots and carrot juice are packed with Vitamin A, which is a form of beta-carotene. Vitamin A is vital to eye health; in fact, a deficiency of Vitamin A is the leading cause of preventable blindness around the globe. Drinking carrot juice, which provides high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, along with vitamin A, can greatly reduce your risk of aging eye maladies such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Drinking carrot juice can greatly improve your chances of avoiding cardiovascular disease, especially in women. Recent studies show that even when an individual had other cardiovascular risk indicators, drinking carrot juice improved heart health by improving the body’s natural defenses against different types of cardiovascular disease and by lowering oxidative stress. Scientists believe that this is due to the powerful amount of antioxidants found in carrots.
This yummy veggie also helps lower cholesterol and advances bile production, improving the way your body digests fat. By improving fat digestion, your body can better absorb nutrients from foods and it also positively influences your good cholesterol, which is vital for a healthy heart.
Much research has been done on using carrot juice to fight cancer, with remarkable results. In one such study, women who had previously been diagnosed with breast cancer and who drank 8 ounces of fresh orange juice and carrot juice daily for 3 weeks saw a marked improvement in the amount of antioxidant carotenoids in their blood. This reduced the amount of oxidative stress and inflammation in their bodies, which lowers cancer growth.
Science has also proven that consuming high amounts of carotenoids found in carrots and other fruits and vegetables can actually prevent cancer recurrences, fight leukemia cells and protect the body against some of the most common forms of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancers.
Brain and Cognitive Health
The plentiful antioxidants in carrot juice also benefit the brain by lowering the oxidative stress that can weaken nerve signaling abilities as we grow older. Carrots and their juice, therefore, lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative cognitive diseases and improve memory.
The antioxidants found in abundance in carrot juice fight against bacterial infections in the body, including in the mouth. Bacteria causes cavities and tooth decay when left in the mouth, but minerals in carrots include an antibacterial agent that actually kills harmful bacteria which helps keep teeth and gums healthy.
It’s not surprising that beta-carotene is vital to wound healing since it is beneficial for all other systems in the body. In fact, for centuries, people have been using carrot juice in a poultice to help wounds heal faster. Any type of cut or wound can be healed more quickly by drinking carrot juice. It also prevents infection and lowers inflammation.
So, are you ready to get juicing? Give it a try and come back here and let me know how much better you are feeling. I would love to hear about it in the comments below!