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Jason says...

Crapple - This is not me being rude, but its what the combination of apple and carrot juice is commonly referred to as. This is a classic combination and is found in most juice bars around the world. Carrots, along with apples and pineapple are a great base juice and can be mixed with vegetable or fruit juices. They make a great juice because they are naturally sweet and a nutritional power house.

Juice or smoothie?

Carrots should always be Juiced. Many studies have shown how much more bio-available the nutrients are to the body once juiced compared to if you simply ate just .

Juicy Factoid

Originally carrots were purple or black and the modern day orange carrot that we know and love was actually a mutant strain!

Carrots get their bright orange colour from their high concentration of Vitamin A (beta carotene).

Of all the commonly consumed vegetables, carrots are the highest source of provitamin A. In fact a single carrot contains twice the RDA (Recommended Daily Amount) of Vitamin A.

Drinking too much carrot juice (and we mean A LOT of it) can turn your skin orange (think The Only Way is Essex). So carrot juice offers more than just a nutrient drink for those who like the orange skin tone and it beats a spray tan!

Did you know carrots are a member of the parsley family?

Juicy Benefits

Carrots are well renowned as the anticancer kings of the vegetable world. They contain some amazing anti-oxidants including alpha-carotene, lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene to name a few, however beta-carotene is the daddy of nutrients when it comes to its cancer preventing properties. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. It is believed that beta-carotene can break down the protective mucous membrane around cancer cells.

Carrots are also an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which along with beta-carotene all concentrate in the retina of the eyes, which is why they are best known for helping eyesight, or as the old fable goes, for helping us to see in the dark, although we don't believe that one has been scientifically proven! 

Carrots also enhance the overall function of our immune system by increasing the production and performance of our white blood cells. They can also help combat against cigarette smoke as they protect the respiratory system and it is also believed they help reduce high cholesterol levels.

The beta-carotene found in carrots is known to be highly protective for the heart and cardiovascular system, by helping to protect the structural integrity of the inner lining of the blood vessels, therefore helping to reduce ruptures and injury that can lead to the formation of clots. 

Vitamins, minerals and extras

  • A, B, C, E, K, beta-carotene
  • Calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, chromium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, zinc, iodine, silica
  • Alpha-carotene, lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, glutathione, gamma-carotene, zeaxanthin and xanthophyll.

References
Pinnock, Dale, 2011, Medical Cookery, Right Way, London.
Jensen, Bernard.Dr, 2000, Juicing Therapy, Keats Publishing, Illinois.
Meyerowitz, Steve, 2000, Power Juices Super Drinks, Kensington Books, New York.
www.enwikipedia.org
www.juicebenefits.net
www.healthalternatives2000.com

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