Carrots are one of the richest sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene available and carrot juice provides this beta-carotene and many other nutrients in a highly absorbable form. Unlike synthetic multivitamin pills, the health nutrients in carrot juice are easily assimilated into the body. Many people comment on how good they feel once they start drinking carrot juice on a regular basis.
Along with beta-carotene, carrot juice also contains high levels of alpha-carotene, believed to be an even more potent antioxidant that beta-carotene. It also has significant amounts of other carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin that are so important for our eyes.
Carrot juice is often praised for its high levels of vitamin A, but it’s only potential vitamin A until it is converted. That said, for a person deficient in vitamin A, carrot juice, particularly taken with some healthy dietary fat like a good fish oil or flaxseed oil, will likely make a huge difference to their health and energy and aid in recovering from many of the symptoms of vitamin A deficiency.
As well as the beta-carotene and other carotenoids for vitamin A, carrot juice is also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K (another fat soluble nutrient) and B vitamins, particularly niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, pyridoxine and folate.
In the mineral stakes carrot juice is particularly rich in potassium for a healthy heart and muscle function, proper metabolism, maintaining electrolyte balance and a whole host of important processes in our bodies.
I like to make and drink mine right before going to gym or a for run. It doesn’t tax your digestive system of energy (in fact it seems to provide a significant energy boost) and floods your body with potassium to power muscles and antioxidants to protect you from the extra free radicals usually generated by exercising.
Carrot juice is definitely much better for energy than sugary (so-called) energy drinks. The type of energy it gives you is more consistent and stable than the usual jittery rush and crash of most of those brightly colored ‘sports’ drinks.
Alongside the rich levels of potassium, carrot juice also has calcium in a form that is easily absorbed by your body and useful levels of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, copper and molybdenum. As with the vitamins, these minerals are much more likely to be absorbed in carrot juice form and you can cover a lot of nutritional bases here.
Carrot juice really is like a liquid vitamin and mineral pill. By combining it with various other vegetables and fruit, most people could throw out the multivitamin pills and feel much better for it. With practice you can make a glass of healthy carrot juice and be washed up and done in under 1o minutes. In the next page I share some tips on how to make it quickly and retain as many health nutrients as possible.
Photo credit with thanks: Emli Bendixen