At V8 we are big fans of carrots and carrot juice. You see, the humble carrot is more than just a side to your roast dinner, a crunchy stick to your hummus – it’s a nutritious and vitamin packed super food!
However, the vibrant orange carrot you see today hasn’t always been that way. In fact, you could have found yourself drinking a deep purple or light yellow glass of carrot juice right now if it weren’t for a few 16th century Dutch growers! Carrots were originally purple, white and yellow in colour, and you can still get your hands on these today should your heart desire.
As we love this simple vegetable so much – in solid and liquid form – we decided to put together a run down on some of the top health benefits of carrot juice. Enjoy!
Vitamin A Rich
Carrots are known for being incredibly rich in Vitamin A, aiding vision, your skin and a healthy immune system. Whilst they contain high levels of vitamin A, they are also rich contain vitamins C, D, E and K – what a bonus!
Packed full of Antioxidants
Carrots are full of antioxidants called carotenoids (which give carrots their vibrant orange colour).
Immune System Booster
Beta-carotene is an immune boosting nutrient naturally converted to vitamin A when consumed. Found in carrots, it can help ward off any infection or viruses, keeping you healthier.
Carrots work to lower cholesterol levels, allowing the body to digest fat easier and more effectively. They are said to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, as research suggests that carrot juice improves a person’s defence against some cardiovascular diseases.
The beta-carotene present in carrots helps protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun (not a replacement for sun cream however) and is also said to increase the body’s ability to fight infection for any skin wounds.
Protects your teeth
A unique health benefit – eating carrots can actually clean your teeth! (Who needs a tooth brush anyway). When you bite into a carrot, their crunchy texture scrapes off plaque from your teeth and triggers saliva production, balancing out the bacteria in your mouth.
Vitamin K and potassium in carrots helps keep your bones healthy, building protein in the body.
Slows the speed of ageing
Beta-carotene reduces the ageing of cells in the body, working as an anti-oxidant to damaged cells. So, put down the anti-aging cream, carrot juice is your new best friend!
Flushes out nasty toxins
The high level of vitamin A in carrots helps the liver flush out toxins within the body, reducing bile and fat.
Is said to prevent strokes
According to a Harvard University Study, those who ate 5+ carrots in a week were not as likely to have a stroke compared to those who at 1 or less carrots in a month.