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Carrot Juice Nutrition

How healthy is carrot juice? Can it provide me enough calcium?
(July 22, 2010)

Carrot juice has a very high nutritional content and contains significant amounts of various vitamins and minerals. While carrots may not have an unusually high content of calcium they are rich in organic calcium which is easily absorbed by the body. One cup of carrot juice contains about 8% of the recommended daily allowance. Calcium is extremely important for the healthy development and maintenance of the teeth and bones. Collards, Turnip greens, spinach, and radish are also very good sources of calcium.

It is therefore advisable to make a mixed vegetable juice as this will not only increase the calcium content of your vegetable juice but will also increase its overall nutritional content.

Readymade carrot juice and packaged carrot juice are generally processed and pasteurized. These processes often destroy the calcium content of the juice and so additional calcium is added to the juice to make it appear that the original nutritive value of the vegetable has been preserved. So although the contents list of a packaged carrot juice product may show that it has high calcium levels, your body will not be able to absorb this calcium. It is better to juice the carrots yourself as this will ensure that you get the full benefits of the juice. In addition to this, you need to make sure that you have the juice within 15 minutes or so of making it as the vitamins and minerals in the juice start to degrade when they come in contact with air. Carrot juice is also rich in several other minerals such as copper, magnesium, and potassium. In addition to this it is also an excellent source of carotene which is converted into vitamin A by the liver. Carrot juice contains significant amounts of folic acid, and biotin and so it is often recommended during pregnancy.

Carrot juice is often recommended for those suffering from diabetes as drinking carrot juice on a regular basis is proven to be efficient in controlling this condition. This is because carrots contain a hormone similar to insulin which is essential in controlling this condition. Gout is caused by the build-up of uric acid in the body and carrot juice encourages the excretion of excess uric acid. This is why carrot juice is extremely beneficial for those suffering from gout. Carrot juice is also used as a dietary adjunct when treating liver and gallstone problems as well as tuberculosis, scanty urination and scanty menstruation.
Submitted by S M on July 22, 2010 at 06:12


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