“Natural Cures” is a New Weekly Column. This is an attempt to make you more informed about how you can treat and heal yourself naturally. Natural cures for diseases & Curative Properties of Foods will be the main focus.
Carrot juice or Miracle Juice.A large number of people–throughout the world and in all walks of life–suffering from various ailments have found that the inclusion of carrot juice in their diet has greatly improved their health. Many others have found it to be a valuable “protective” agent in the building and maintenance of health in both children and adults, while its delicious flavor makes it popular with all members of the family as a beverage –plain or combined with other juices.
Gold mine of nutrients. Carrot juice is one of the richest sources of vitamin A that can be used in the daily diet. It also ranks high as a source of the other vitamins, especially those of the B complex. Its mineral content is equally rich, and includes calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, and iron. The vitamin A content of carrot juice helps to strengthen the eyes. In many cases where defective eyesight was noted–the condition was overcome by fortifying the diet with fresh carrot juice.
Evidences of vitamin A deficiency may be seen in
- The difficulty of adjusting the sight in a dim light, as in entering a dark room, or theatre, from a brightly lighted hall.
Vitamin A also promotes growth of bones and teeth, the maintenance of healthy body tissues, and the maintenance of normal glandular functions. It aids in the resistance to infections.
Vitamin A is essential in keeping healthy condition the mucous membranes which line all the cavities of the body. Infections resulting from vitamin A deficiency may affect the bladder or kidneys, the alimentary tract, the mouth, tonsils, sinuses, the tongue, ear canal, eyes or tear ducts.
Vitamin A is especially necessary in the diet of expectant mothers to build up and maintain the health of both mother and the developing child. Fresh carrot juice should be included in the diet not only during pregnancy, but also during the period of nursing the baby.
Your daily requirements
A scale for the minimum daily requirement of vitamin A as follows:
|Children under 1 year||1500|
|Children 1 to 12 years||2000 to 3500|
|Adolescent girls & boys||4500 to 5000|
|Adults – men and women||5000|
|Women during pregnancy||6000|
|Women during nursing period||8000|
The above scale is based upon the minimum required to prevent deficiency diseases and does not provide the necessary surplus required for full health.
The amount of carotene contained in carrots is indicated by the depth of the coloring matter. The large, firm, dark-yellow carrots, therefore, should be selected for juicing, rather than the light-yellow ones, because of their greater carotene content. Another vitamin contained in carrot juice is vitamin E. This vitamin appears in three forms, known chemically as alpha-, beta-, and gamma-tocopherol, and commonly known as the vitamin E complex. In animal experimentation, vitamin E has been found to affect reproduction. When foods bearing this vitamin were fed to animals which had failed to reproduce, their sterility was overcome.
Because of its rich vitamin and mineral content–and other valuable nutrients–the daily diet should be fortified with the protective and healthful benefits of carrot juice. It can be taken alone, or combined with Other fruit (apple) and vegetables juices or even blended with an avocado.
Preparing Carrots for Juicing:
Wash carrots thoroughly in cold water, using a stiff vegetable brush. Scrape lightly, but do not peel, as valuable vitamins and minerals lies close to the surface. The juice should be taken immediately it is made, if at all possible. If not, let the juice flow directly into glass jars which should then be covered with screw-on lids. After pouring the quantity to be used immediately, keep the remaining juice-tightly covered–in the refrigerator to prevent loss of vitamin and mineral content through oxidation.
Carrot juice blends with practically all other juices. It is a delicious nourishing beverage for all members of the family at all times and it should be an important part of the diet in cases of illness.
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27 thoughts on “Wonderous Carrots- Natural Cures”
I have been a vegetarian for 21 years and so I always love to learn about healthy and natural foods. In our home, we love to make carrot, apple and ginger juice. It just is one of our favorites. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us.
And congratulations on the guest post. It was a beautiful just like you! 🙂
Wow vegetarian 21 years !! Me in awe now …I try but just indulge on occasion maybe one in month. Both my hubby and I are more veg…and getting more and more with every passing day.
I love the combination you shared…am gonna try it..it will sure hike up the nutritive value of the juice 🙂
Thank you for the compliments…:) Me blushing 😉
Great article Zeenat. It’s too bad I don’t like carrot, though I have learned since little that carrot is really good for the eyes.
Ok Karlil, I hated carrots too…but i started eating them like medication..and then well now i love them. An alternative for you would be to take vitamin supplements incase you need them 🙂
I love raw carrots and hate them cooked. I do peel them though, which I will stop doing. A gem from a gem and I love your guest post at Lisis.
Me hate cooked carrots too…but raw i love them 🙂 Peeling takes away some nutritive value.
Am glad you loved the guest post 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful comments.
Great post! A really comprehensive post on the importance of Vitamin A in our health, ways to achieve it and the amazing benefits of carrot juice. A carrot a day is definitely one of the best ways of staying healthy and have good vision till our mature ages. Keep up the great work!
Glad you liked the post 🙂 We have so much bounty in nature…and still believe in popping pills… More people need to know about the true value of nature isnt it.. 🙂
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Carrot juice is a top shelf product at our house. You have given such wonderful information here.
I make it all the time and sometimes make a combination carrot juice and mango.
You are doing an outstanding job here my friend.
Ahh..carrots and mango..me love mango so much 🙂
Am glad youre loving the column. Your support means the world to me.
Love you too 🙂
Great article Zeenat, and I am so enjoying this column of yours here. I love carrot juice, never knew about not peeling the carrots though. Thank you for a great information.!
Glad youre enjoying this column 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment.
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Zeenat, I love carrot juice mixed with pineapple or strawberry juices. Thank you for the information on why a thing I already enjoy is good for me 🙂
Seeing you after so long!! How have you been?
I like the combination you mentioned…sounds yumm..I must give it a try 🙂
Its so good to know that the things we love can also be healthy na..
I really love this column, and the information contained in this post was fantastic! I started drinking carrot & orange juice (4 oz of each in an 8 0z serving size) five years ago, and it became a staple. I don’t press my own carrots or oranges, though, and drink an organic carrot juice, instead. I always wondered if the nutrition content was as high, since it had to be processed.
Either way, I stopped buying carrot juice a couple weeks ago because of the cost, but might add it in again. I switched to squash, instead (butternut).
I really did enjoy reading this, though — you may have inspired me back onto carrots!
One quick, funny story: two years ago, I was drinking carrot juice every day, eating pumpkin pie for dessert every night, and having a sweet potato with my dinner. At work, a girl asked me if I was self-tanning. I said, “NO! That’s insane.” She said I looked tan, and that my hands looked sort of orange. I told her she was nuts. She said, “No, really, you look orange-ish.” I said I had peach undertones to my skin, and that the office lighting wasn’t helping. An hour later after we agreed to disagree, it dawned on me: I’d been eating so much beta-carotene that I was turning myself orange! We had a HUGE laugh about that, and I immediately stopped eating sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie!
Hi My Joyful angel Megan,
Yay…go back to carrots…but fresh ones this time 🙂
I had a cousin who really really went orange, when he started drinking too much carrot juice cause he wanted to get rid of his high powered glasses….he got rid of the glasses alright…but turned orange as well 🙂
Gradually once he reduced the intake, his skin color came back to normal again… 😉 So youre not the only one with the orangy skin…:)
Loads more health benefits of carrots are explored in the World Carrot Museum.
Will head over to your site..and check out some more benefits for sure. Thank you fro your comment 🙂
Thank you for reminding me to get back into juicing! Duh! I do eat a lot of carrots but could do more with the juicer. Great information here – you are so helpful! If everyone would eat/drink all the right stuff consistently we could wipe out a lot of disease couldn’t we? You may the leader for this to happen in the blogosphere! How fantastic! Thank you so much for helping us!
I know…i am lazy that way too…the juicer is the last place i go in the kitchen..wonder why ??:)
Glad youre liking all the info…and for me its the best thing that you guys are all enjoying it and soaking in all the information. Healthy bloggers make Healthy writers too 😉
Great insights. Reminded me of my raw food days. I might start those again pretty soon. Thanks for sharing, this is a great resource.
Glad you enjoyed the info…You were on raw foods???? Wow…I tried for sometime..but couldnt stay away from chocolates 😉
Hi Zeenat .. love the description – gold mine of juices and your brilliant orange juice picture.
I remember when a juice bar opened in Harrods about 35 years ago! (one of the first) .. and then people were turning orange by drinking too much carrot juice. However all things in moderation .. we all know we need a balanced diet .. and fresh or cooked carrots are delicious – I have to say I’m not a favourite of grated carrot!
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Thanks for the excellent review of the nutritional value of carrot juice. I hold my nose when I drink it down in a single gulp as my tastebuds think it tastes like dirt.
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