In my younger, more care-free years, I paid little attention to the foods I was eating, the nutrition I was or was not receiving, and the potential damage I was doing to my body along the way. After several life changes and point-of-view altering events, suddenly finding out how to be truly healthy and practicing preventative nutrition became a major priority (and hobby).
I often giggle at the stubbornness of my old self, whose true nemesis was carrots. There is even an old home video of me crying, and fake gagging as I ate them.
Sometimes I wonder if, had I known about their amazing, nutritious super-powers if I would have given them a shot. Several months ago, I stumbled across an article by Dr. Mercola detailing the extreme benefits of consuming carrots, and I was shocked by the amount of good they do for your body.
His article lists benefits for heart disease, cancer, vision, brain health, and inflammatory problems, which are all health issues that are exceedingly prevalent in today’s society and killers of millions.
Carrot juice contains vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K1, potassium, and vitamin b6, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, lycopene, polyacetylenes, and anthocyanins, according to an article by Authority Nutrition .
It is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, niacin, and folate, according to an informative article published by Dr. Decuypere, an alternative health expert.
An article published by Natural News titled “Discover the Health Benefits of Juicing Carrots” says, “Beta-carotene is [also] a major antioxidant. The vitamin A and beta-carotene help maintain vision along with the carrots’ fair share of lutein. Beta-carotene also maintains epithelial tissue, the tissue surrounding internal organs. Epithelial tissues are susceptible to cancerous growths.
Carrot juice is also rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol. Research at the University of Newcastle has shown carrot falcarinol destroys pre-cancerous cells in tumors. Carrots do help keep cancer away.”
This exciting information prompted me to do more research, dive a little deeper.
In 2012 a woman named Ann Cameron, a published children’s author, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. She immediately had surgery, and refused chemotherapy and radiation due to its negative health effects and emerging evidence that it actually speed sup cancer growth and kills you faster. She began researching natural cancer cures, and came across a man named Ralph Cole who claimed he’d cured his own cancer by simply juicing five pounds of carrots per day. After her cancer metastasized to her lungs, she was given a two to three year life expectancy, and proclaimed terminal.
Ann never wavered in her decision to shun chemotherapy, and embarked on the same carrot-juicing-journey as Ralph, juicing carrots. Without making any other changes to her life, dietary or otherwise, she cured her own cancer as well.
She’s alive and well today, according to an article published by Natural Society.
After reading this information I decided it was time to grow up, and embrace carrots for the medicinal wonder that they are.
I began making dishes with them, and I have recently been juicing them on a daily basis. I have found their sweet yet savory demeanor to be enticing and they quickly became one of my favorite flavors in my juice concoctions. It is easily blend-able with other juices, the potent medicinal qualities are simply an added bonus to the enjoyable taste.
Juicing carrots is optimal for many reasons. From my recent experiencing juicing them, they are heavy juice yielders, are easy to store and prepare for consumption, and they don’t go bad in the refrigerator right away so you can buy them in bulk. Aside from juicing carrots there are many delicious ways to incorporate them into your life. They’re wonderful in baked goods, and work as a savory or sweet dish.
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