Carrot Juice: Here's to Your Health!
By Stephen R. Farris
Are you looking to improve your nutritional health? Then you might want to add carrot juice to your diet.
If you grew up prior to the millennial generation, you may have heard your parents or grandparents tell you to eat your carrots if you want to have good eyesight. While it hasn't been 100 percent proven, it's widely thought that carrots, and/or the extracted version, help promote better vision and skin health.
Carrot juice is loaded with nutrients consisting of potassium and Vitamin C. It is also rich in provitamin A.
Carrot juice is low in calories -- only 96 calories per 8-ounce serving -- and because it contains lutein and zeaxanthin, it acts as an antioxidant as well. Overall, it's very nutritious for you!
Back to the Eyes
Back to eye health, according to studies involving the consumption of fruits and vegetables, including carrots, Vitamin A -- found in carrots -- is vital to eye health. The study showed a decreased risk of blindness and age-related eye disease in persons that included a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.
Drinking carrot juice can act as an immune booster due to Vitamins A and C, which can act as antioxidants (previously mentioned) by protecting immune cells from the damage of free radicals.
In a study focusing more on beta carotene, polyacetylenes, and lutein from carrot juice extract, a 72-hour test tube experiment produced evidence of cancer cell death and diminished cell cycle growth in leukemia cells.
Additional benefits of drinking carrot juice may include:
- Improved blood sugar control
- Skin health
- Heart health
- Liver protection
There are a few drawbacks from drinking carrot juice. Too much -- larger quantities -- could cause your blood levels to be elevated in beta carotene, resulting in a yellowish to orange tinting of the skin. It can also spike your blood sugar levels, and if you're diabetic, that's not good.
To find out more about your nutritional health, visit with your local chiropractor to hear some of the tips and suggestions they can offer to help keep you on track to a healthier lifestyle.
Don't forget, if you're feeling pain in your back, neck, and/or joints, they can help relieve those areas of pain as well.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.