Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in North America. This orange root vegetable also comes in purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties. And while this vegetable is well-known and loved, most American families simply aren’t eating enough to truly experience its benefits.
If you aren’t getting enough orange (or purple) on your plate, drink up the benefits of carrot juice for a nutrient-dense (not to mention delicious) alternative.
10 Benefits of Carrot Juice
Juicing is a great way to get all the benefits of eating carrots in a more convenient way. Just make sure you keep the pulp in your cup to get all the gut-healthy fiber.
1. Boosts Immunity
Carrot juice is chock-full of vitamins and minerals that feed your body’s natural line of defense: your immune system (1).
Vitamin A maintains your the cells in your skin and mucosal membranes. It also plays a role in the growth and maintenance of white blood cells. Better yet, vitamin A regulates the release of immune cells in the gut.
Vitamin C increases the levels of antibodies released during the immune response. It also stimulates the production of the white blood cells and makes them more resistant to damage. Plus, it increases the production of interferons, which are proteins that fight viruses.
B vitamins play a role in the synthesis and metabolism of proteins that alerts your body that pathogens have taken over. Like the vitamins above, they also strengthen white blood cells.
On the other hand, vitamin E protects cell membranes, including white blood cells. Vitamin E also reverses T cell aging and impaired function.
Lastly, carrots contain iron, zinc, and copper, three key minerals that help with white blood cell production and inflammation.