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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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