The Health Benefits Of Carrot Juice
One vegetable that tastes great juiced and provides numerous nutritional benefits to the body is the carrot. Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, named after the umbrella-like flower clusters that plants in this family produce. Parsnips, fennel, parsley, anise, caraway, cumin and dill are also part of the Umbelliferae family. To get the freshest and most flavorful carrots, choose the locally grown carrots that are available in the summer and fall.
Carrots can be as small as two inches or as long as three feet and range from one-half of an inch to over two inches in diameter. While most of the carrots that we purchase in the United States are orange in color, carrots can also be found in white, yellow, red, or purple. Foods that are deep shades of orange or yellow in color have been found to contain properties that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by a significant amount.
These delicious root vegetables are the source of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. Carrots contain high levels of carotenoids, which have important antioxidant benefits. In terms of their beta-carotene content, carrots rank high on the list of all commonly-consumed U.S. antioxidant vegetables. One specific form of beta-carotene found in carrots appears to have better bioavailability and antioxidant capacity than another beta-carotene form that is typically found in other vegetables. Carrots also contain important phytonutrients that have been found to help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
Here is a great recipe containing carrot juice you can try:
Fresh Start Juice Recipe
Apples – 2 medium
Carrots – 3 medium
Celery – 4 stalk, large
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.