I swopped my morning cup of coffee for this….

I’ve been swopping my morning coffee for a whopper of an Orange, Carrot and Ginger juice.

I fill my (grown up) sippy cup with ice and then pour the pre-mixed juice in the cup to enjoy on my way to the office.

Orange juice, on its own, tends to give me heartburn but mixed with carrot juice it takes the “zing” out of it and gives it a natural sweet finish to the juice. It started when I had to report to the laboratory for a series of blood tests; and a range of other tests which meant I had to stay away from caffeine for a day or three. In order to make the most of the much-needed nutrient boost and to ensure I stay sane on my morning commute I headed to the juice isle of the supermarket.

It’s only been a week that I’ve replaced coffee as part of my morning routine, and I am not looking to turn a yellow-orange hue, nor do I want laser-vision at night. But I am hoping there are some health benefits from enjoying an ice-cold juice on the way to work…

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients. Here are seven reasons why you should add carrot juice to your diet.

1. Increased metabolism

Since carrot juice is filling and low in calories, substituting this juice and ditching sodas and other sugary beverages can help you drop pounds faster.

Carrot juice also increases bile secretion, which can increase metabolism — the rate at which your body converts energy into food. Bile is a fluid that breaks down fat. According to a study from 2006, an increase in bile flow revved up the metabolism and increased weight loss in lab rats. It could produce a similar outcome in humans.

2. Stronger vision

It’s often said that eating carrots is good for your eyes. It turns out there’s truth behind this claim. Carrot juice is a good source of beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants.

Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye and contributes to strong vision. Drinking carrot juice can ward off various eye disorders, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and blindness. Carrots also contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that protects the eye from damaging light. A 1994 study found that lutein was linked to a reduced risk for macular degeneration, an eye disorder that causes vision loss.

3. Improved skin disorders

If you have a history of skin problems, such as rashes or psoriasis, adding carrot juice to your diet may improve the appearance of your skin. Carrots contain vitamin C, which has healing properties. It helps skin recover faster from external wounds and trauma. Beta-carotene in carrots also reduces skin inflammation, which speeds the healing process.

4. Boosted immune system

A cold or the flu can stick around for one or two weeks, making it difficult (or impossible) to go to work or school. To strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections, add carrot juice to your daily diet and maintain your physical health.

Carrots contain antioxidants, which help your body fight free radicals, cell damage, and inflammation. Vitamin C in carrot juice also provides an immune system boost, helping you get through cold and flu season.

5. Reduced cancer risk

Cancer develops when abnormal cells form and multiply uncontrollably. Since antioxidants help stop cell damage, carrot juice may offer protection against various types of cancers.

In one study, carrot juice extract used for 72 hours in the treatment of leukemia cells and non-tumor control cells induced cell death and stopped the progression of the disease. This suggests that carrots may contain effective bioactive chemicals for treating leukemia.

6. Lowered cholesterol

If you’re having trouble controlling your cholesterol, or if you want to control your cholesterol without medication, consider adding carrot juice to your diet. As an excellent source of potassium, carrot juice can help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Lower cholesterol levels reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

7. Strengthened brain function

Beta-carotene in carrot juice may also improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of age-related memory problems and dementia. Oxidative stress is linked to brain cell damage and occurs when brain and nerve cells can’t regenerate. This weakens nerve signalling and reduces cognitive function. However, beta-carotene in carrots may strengthen brain function and improve memory.

Workers who were exposed to lead were treated with 10 milligrams of beta-carotene over a 12-week period. The study found that after treatment, the group receiving beta-carotene had less oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damageOxidative stress occurs naturally and plays a role in the aging process.

Potential side effects of carrot juice

While carrot juice has nutritional and health benefits, it’s important to drink in moderation. Fruit or vegetable juices contain little to no fiber, therefore they provide limited satiety and no bulk to the colon. Also, excessive intake of beta-carotene can potentially change the coloring of your skin. It’s this vitamin that gives carrot its orange color. If you eat or drink too many carrots or carrot juice, your skin may temporarily develop a slight yellowish or orange tint.

The takeaway

The benefits of carrots can’t be overstated. If you prefer to cook or eat raw carrots, you’ll benefit from more satiety from the fiber, which is ideal for weight management. But juicing your carrots may provide a bigger nutritional punch, plus it’s easier to absorb nutrients and antioxidants from juice; it takes about five carrots to produce one cup of carrot juice.

From boosting your immune system to helping you hit your weight-loss goals, carrot juice can improve your physical and mental health.

Carrot juice recipe with Orange & Ginger

  • Woolworths 100% Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice 1L
  • Woolworths Cold Pressed Carrot 100% Juice 750ml
  • Woolworths Crushed Ginger 50g

Combine the juices & ginger and serve with ice for a refreshing morning juice.

Keep in fridge; finish the mixed juice in three to four days.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. You make great points on the benefits of carrots! I enjoy the Woolworths Apple, Ginger, Lemon drink. I have noticed as the packaging changed that the recipe was also slightly adjusted – or is it just my imagination?

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    1. ohmyfeasts says:

      Hi Frieda, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment/question. Yes, I think the quantities have changed or at least the percentage of the juice mix. Try mixing it to your own taste; I prefer the sweetness of the carrot juice and a kick from the ginger, the orange juice is actually just the “carried juice”. 🙂

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