The world of juicing is controversial. Some are against it, claiming that so much concentrated fruit and vegetable content is too hard on the kidneys to process. Others are crazy about it, praising the benefits of a nutrient-rich glass of fresh juice. Some people prefer smoothies to well-strained juices to keep the fiber content in their drinks high, while others avoid all fruits and sweet vegetables in their drinks to keep blood sugar levels stable. One thing I have found many people have in common, though, despite differences of opinion in general around juicing, is a belief in the benefits of drinking fresh carrot juice. Steve Meyerowitz is right when he calls this juice “the most popular drink of the health movement” in his book Juice Fasting & Detoxification.
I hadn’t fully realized this until a couple months ago when one of my co-workers who is a colon hydrotherapist, a vegan, and an extremely knowledgeable juicing expert, recommended I read a book by Norman W. Walker, called Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, to treat a chronic sinus condition. “Read what he says about carrot juice,” he said. This is what I learned from that book:
- Raw carrot juice can be taken indefinitely in any reasonable quantity (1-8 pints a day). I personally take 12 ounces every morning, about half an hour before breakfast.
- It normalizes the entire system, weight, and chemical balance of the body.
- It’s the richest source of vitamin A that the body can quickly assimilate.
- It’s rich in vitamins B,C,D,E,G,K.
- It helps promote appetite and aids in digestion.
- It improves and maintains the bone structure of the teeth.
- It enhances the quality of breast milk so pregnant women should really consider drinking it.
- It gets rid of ulcerous and cancerous conditions.
- It fights infections, and prevents infections of the eyes and throat, tonsils, sinuses, and respiratory organs.
- It protects the nervous system and increases vigor and vitality.
- It’s alkalizing to the body as it is rich in sodium and potassium, two vital alkaline elements, as well as containing plenty of calcium, magnesium, and iron.
- It nourishes the optic system.
Walker isn’t the only one making such big claims about this vibrant and naturally sweet juice. In The Complete Book of Juicing, Michael T. Murray calls carrots “the king of vegetables” and even states that, “as little as one carrot a day could conceivably cut the rate of lung cancer in half.”
Dr. Lawrence Wilson seems to agree that carrots are something special indeed, as their juice is the only juice he recommends we take on a daily basis. According to Dr. Wilson, juices should be avoided, particularly when trying to heal the body from any condition, with the exception of 10-12 ounces of fresh carrot juice every day to help nourish the body. His reason for considering this vegetable superior to others? He writes that carrots are extremely
nourishing, and that they are particularly important because they are rich in a highly bioavailable (easy to absorb and use) form of calcium that most of us need and that few other foods supply us with.
So what do you think? Will you start experimenting with this juice? Now that the temperature has started to drop and flu and cold season is around the corner, you could see if acquiring this habit helps you get through it unharmed. You have nothing to lose, and perhaps a lot to gain.