Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in North America. This orange root vegetable also comes in purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties. And while this vegetable is well-known and loved, most American families simply aren’t eating enough to truly experience its benefits.
If you aren’t getting enough orange (or purple) on your plate, drink up the benefits of carrot juice for a nutrient-dense (not to mention delicious) alternative.
6 Benefits of Carrot Juice
Juicing is a great way to get all the benefits of eating carrots in a more convenient way. Just make sure you keep the pulp in your cup to get all the gut-healthy fiber.
1. Boosts Immunity
Carrot juice is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that feed your body’s natural line of defense: your immune system (1).
Vitamin A maintains your the cells in your skin and mucosal membranes. It also plays a role in the growth and maintenance of white blood cells. Better yet, vitamin A regulates the release of immune cells in the gut.
Vitamin C increases the levels of antibodies released during the immune response. It also stimulates the production of the white blood cells and makes them more resistant to damage. Plus, it increases the production of interferons, which are proteins that fight viruses.
B vitamins play a role in the synthesis and metabolism of proteins that alerts your body that pathogens have taken over. Like the vitamins above, they also strengthen white blood cells.
On the other hand, vitamin E protects cell membranes, including white blood cells. Vitamin E also reverses T cell aging and impaired function.
Lastly, carrots contain iron, zinc, and copper, three key minerals that help with white blood cell production and inflammation.
2. Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Maintenance
Carrots are low in carbohydrates and low on the glycemic index, which prevents a blood sugar spike after your meal (2). Their fiber content also helps you control blood sugar by slowing the breakdown of glucose during the digestion process (3). The antioxidants in carrots also modify cholesterol absorption and bile acids excretion to lower your cholesterol levels(4).
3. Cleanses the Liver
A 2016 study found that drinking carrot juice is beneficial for treating liver injuries caused by consuming high fructose corn syrup, as well as reversing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The fiber in carrots also absorbs bile, which contains liver toxins, and helps your body eliminate it.
4. Glowing Skin
Beta-Carotene, one of the antioxidants found in carrots, inhibits free radicals and fat oxidation. This helps prevent skin aging and excessive dryness. This compound also prevents sun-induced damage while lycopene, another compound, improves the appearance and softness of skin (6). It may even help diminish the appearance of scars and blemishes.
5. Strengthens your Bones
Vitamin K, found in large quantities in carrots, works with vitamin D and calcium to increase bone density by positively affecting calcium balance (7). These compounds also speed the recovery of broken bones.
6. Increases Metabolism
Carrots are rich in B vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate (8).
The B vitamins help your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins as well asburn stored fat within your body. It also plays a role in bulking up muscle mass to increase energy expenditure during and after workouts. Thiamine, for one, assists the conversion of carbohydrates into energy