Before moving on from carrot juice for now, I thought I’d cover an area that just about everyone would be interested in, even if they didn’t really care about all the other health benefits of carrot juice – having great skin and healthy eyes.
Drinking carrot juice regularly, say a couple of times a week, can really help give you skin that glows and eyes that shine. Here’s why.
Vitamin A, Carrot Juice and Your Skin
While a good basic moisturizer is important, it’s the health nutrients you provide internally, through your diet, that make the biggest difference to your skin tone. Even a mild vitamin A deficiency can cause dry, rough skin, blemishes and poor wound healing. Low vitamin A intake has also been associated with many skin problems like acne, rashes, eczema and psoriasis.
Vitamin A is involved in tissue growth throughout the body and helps promote healthy skin renewal. Try regular carrot juice for a couple of weeks and see if you don’t notice a real improvement in your skin tone and texture. And it’s a lot cheaper than those expensive face creams too.
Antioxidant Skin Protection
The beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and other carotenoids and antioxidants in carrot juice are an important line of defense for your skin against free radicals from UV light, high energy blue light and environmental pollutants that damage your skin and break down collagen, leading to wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.
Carrot Juice, Collagen and Vitamin C
While carrots aren’t as high in vitamin C as some energy foods, carrot juice provides vitamin C in a highly absorbable form. Along with being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C assists in the creation of collagen to help prevent wrinkles and maintain healthy skin tone.
There’s little point in putting bovine collagen in face creams on the outside of your skin, when you can create your own collagen far more effectively by simply getting enough of the right health nutrients like vitamin C. Adding fruits high in vitamin C like kiwifruit or lemon juice when you make your carrot juice can also greatly enhance its potential to protect and improve your skin.
Cleanses the Liver
An overworked, unhealthy liver is forced to try and get rid of excessive toxins any way it can. One of these ways is through the skin, which can be the cause of a lot of skin problems. By providing good nutrition to your liver, you can ease the elimination burden on your skin.
If you have skin problems, getting your liver healthy is one of the first places to start. Cut down on junk foods that tax the liver so much and give it a chance to do its job. Most importantly, provide it with the nutrients to get healthy again.
Carrot juice is an excellent liver cleanser and healer. Adding other vegetable juices like beetroot and celery can enhance its cleansing effects even more and give the liver a chance to recover and work efficiently again.
An overworked liver is also associated with eye problems. The liver is responsible for converting retinol into retinaldehyde, the form of vitamin A used for healthy vision in the retina. Difficulty seeing in low light is a well known early warning sign of low vitamin A intake. But preventing night blindness is just the start of what carrot juice can do for your eyes.
Carrot Juice and Healthy Eyes
Alongside all the potential vitamin A, carrot juice provides some very important antioxidants involved in keeping your eyes healthy. Beta-carotene is probably the best known of the carotenoids and carrot juice obviously has this health nutrient in abundance. It also has high levels of alpha-carotene, which some researchers believe to be an even more powerful antioxidant that beta-carotene.
More important for the eyes are lutein and zeaxanthin. This is because they provide protection specifically for the macula – the central area of the retina involved with focus and fine detail. Whilst carrots don’t provide levels of lutein and zeaxanthin anywhere near say spinach or goji berries, these nutrients are once again a highly absorbable form and if you’re having carrot juice regularly you should be getting a good intake.
It is being suggested that eating just one carrot that day could reduce your risk of developing macula degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in America) by up to 40 percent. Imagine what regular carrot juice can do.
Even if you’re not concerned about potential problems later in life, drinking carrot juice regularly will likely make a big difference in the quality and clarity of your vision. If your eyes are tired and sore, or you are just not seeing details and colors like you used to, regular carrot juice has the nutrients we need for healthy eyes and better vision.