Sunday, September 26, 2010

Health Juice - The Health Benefits of Carrot - Cucumber Juice

Health Benefits of Carrot
Carrot is very rich in beta-carotene and a good source of antioxidant which helps to soak up oxygen free radicals before they can cause damages to cells. Free radicals can cause premature aging and several diseases by attacking and destroying certain lipids and proteins of our cell membrane and DNA.

Just one medium raw carrot alone will provide the body with 20,255 IU (International Units) of beta-carotene. When you eat carrot the beta- carotene is then converted to vitamin A in your body. Dryness of the skin, and damages to the hair and nails may be due to a lack of Vitamin A. Different areas of our bodies will benefit from the daily consumption of carrot juice. Based on findings, the antioxidant properties of carrot help to prevent cancer, and other diseases, by disrupting free radicals.
For decades, carrot has been known to help improve vision due to the conversion of its beta-carotene to vitamin A. If the body is lacking in Vitamin A, this may cause your vision to be poor at night -- commonly known as night blindness. If you are unable to see well at night, this can cause a major problem, especially if you have to do a lot of night driving. An individual can easily detect whether or not he/she has a vitamin A deficiency by simply walking from a well-lit room to a dark or dimly-lit room and observe whether or not the eyes have any major problem adjusting to the change in light.

Health benefits of Cucumber
According to researchers, a compound known as Sterols -- found in the skin of cucumber, has shown to lower cholesterol in animals. It is also believed to contain other excellent health benefits because of its rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and molybdenum.

The fact that cucumber is very low in both cholesterol and saturated fat, it’s considered an important part of our daily diet. Cucumber has also shown to have a cleansing effect on the bowel and the body’s digestive acid. Based on findings, it also contains other compounds that are very efficacious in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Make carrot-cucumber Juice
Note: Use the amount of carrots and cucumbers that will give you your desired amount of juice. Orange and lemon are used to flavor juice and also help to prevent discoloration of juice during storage. An Eight ounce cup of orange juice and an eight ounce cup of lemon juice will each provide the body with 120mg and 110mg of vitamin C respectively.

*Wash cucumbers and Carrots thoroughly.
*Peel skin from oranges and lemons and cut them into pieces.
*Cut carrots/cucumbers in halves or so that they can be easily fed in food chute.
*Do not overload the food chute.
*Simply place each piece of carrot/ cucumber/ lemon/lime into food chute one at a time.
*Gently and slowly press with food pusher to extract the maximum amount of juice.
*If pulp collector bin gets full before you finish juicing, turn off unit and empty bin.
*Replace bin and continue juice extraction until you are done.
*Add water if needed .
*Filter juice through layers of cheesecloth or coffee filter if you desire a clear drink or need to get rid of any foam.
*Sweetened to desire taste with honey.
*Serve over ice or serve chill.
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