Every health conscious individual should eat carrots as often as possible. We are saying this not only because they taste good, but also because they provide a huge dose of many essential nutrients.

Carrots are especially high in vitamin A, and are a good source of vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6, biotin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and organic sodium. This root vegetable also contains phytonutrients like lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, xanthophyll, and zeaxanthin. There is no need for you to know these fancy names, but you must remember that phytonutrients can help prevent (and treat) various diseases.

Depending on their variety, carrots can be as short as two inches or as long as three feet, with a diameter of between half an inch to more than two inches. In addition to orange, this amazing veggie also comes in a variety of other colors like white, red, yellow, and purple.

Moreover, it is also good to know that the greens/tops of carrots are edible. They are rich in potassium, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, and protein.


Health Benefits of Carrots

Carotenes, the famous ingredient in carrots, is an antioxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases. Drinking a glass of carrot juice daily will do much more for you than many bottles of supplement tablets. Here are some disorders that can be helped by drinking carrot juice regularly:

Acidosis: The vital organic alkaline elements in carrots help balance the blood acidity and blood sugar.

Acne: Its powerful cleansing properties are effective in detoxifying the liver, thus overall effective for acne which are caused by toxicity of the blood.

Anemia: Carrot’s molecules are closest to human’s hemoglobin molecules, making it very beneficial in blood-building.

Atherosclerosis: The cleansing power of carrot juice scrubs away even the old build-up of arterial deposits, which greatly reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

Asthma: The powerful antioxidants found in carrots help protect the respiratory system from infections and free-radical attacks.

Cholesterol: Carrots contain high amounts of pectin, a fiber that can help reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Constipation: Drink a combination of five parts of carrot juice and one part of spinach juice daily to ease chronic constipation problems.

Cancer: Studies show that adding one carrot per day in our diet significantly reduces cancer risks.

Congestion: Carrot juice is very effective in dispelling mucus from the ear, nose and throat area, easing nasal congestion, sinusitis, phlegm and mucus in the throat and other similar disorders.

Eyesight: Beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are powerful phytonutrients that can keep your eyesight in perfect condition. Regular consumption of carrot juice is especially protective against astigmatism, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Emphysema: If you smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke, taking carrot juice regularly may well save your life.

Fertility: One of the reasons for infertility is lack of nutrients and enzymes in your dietary. Carrot juice taken regularly, is able to nourish your body back to fertility.

Inflammation: The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of carrots can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.

Immune System: Fresh carrot juice provides a significant boost to your immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistance for many types of infections.

Pregnancy: Regular consumption of carrot juice during pregnancy, and especially during the last few months, will significantly reduce the chances of jaundice in baby.

Kidney Health: The healing properties in carrot juices are helpful for cleansing and filtering the kidneys. Although many juicing “experts” say that people with kidney failure shouldn’t drink juices, this story tells you about the miracle of carrot juice for kidneys.

Nursing Mothers: The high amounts of vitamins and minerals in carrot juice can improve both the quality and quantity of a mother’s breast milk.

Thread worms: Drinking a small cup of carrot juice each morning for a period of 7 days may help clear up thread worms in children.

Skin Problems: The high levels of vitamin C and other nutrients in carrot juice help nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin problems.

Ulcers: The abundance of nutrient present in carrots help nourish cells that have been starved of nutrients which result in ulcers.

Water Retention: Carrot juice is a diuretic that helps remove excess fluids from the body, thus reducing water retention. This can be especially helpful for women during their monthly menstruation cycle.


Consumption Tips

Carrots that are shorter than 6 inches tend to be sweeter. So, choose the shorter variety if you like to enjoy it sweet or the longer one if you want it less sweet.

It is very important to remember that the highest concentration of nutrients is located just under the skin so try not to peel off the skin. To properly clean a carrot, just use a vegetable brush to brush the skin.