|Carrot Juice Supreme|
- 1 lb of carrots + 1 carrot
- 2 golden apples (core removed-peel on)
- 6 clementines
- 1 inch round of ginger
- 1 cup of water (for blender use only)
Makes 40 oz
Put it in your juicer ... and juice it!
No juicer? No problem! Blend in your Vitamix. Then strain through a nut milk bag or a paint strainer bag...and pour in your storage container. For detailed instructions on making juice in the blender click here.
This tastes just deeeee-vine! You taste carrots, apples, clementines and ginger! Yep! I've managed to grasp the taste of some of my faves all in one glass...this blend is great.
Be careful with the ginger, I tend to like the taste of ginger, so I used a lil more than 1 inch around, in fact, I used about 2 inches around. *smile*
Some Health Benefits
Carrots: Did you know the carrot is a root vegetable? It's sweet and succulent taste is rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. They are exceptionally rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A. 100 g fresh carrot contain 8285 mcg of beta-carotene and 16706 IU of vitamin A. Studies have found that flavonoid compounds in carrots help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers. Carotenes are converted in to vitamin A in the liver. Beta-carotene is the major carotene that is present in these roots. Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant helps protect body from harmful fee radical injury. In addition, it also has all the functions of vitamin A such as vision, reproduction (sperm production), maintenance of epithelial integrity, growth and development. Carrots are rich in poly-acetylene anti-oxidant falcarinol. Research study conducted by scientists at University of Newcastle on laboratory animals has found that falcarinol in carrots may help fight against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors. Fresh roots are also good in vitamin C; provide about 9% of RDA. Vitamin C is water soluble anti-oxidant. It helps body maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gum. Its anti-oxidant property helps body protect from diseases and cancers by scavenging harmful free radicals. This root vegetable is especially contain good amounts of many B-complex group of vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc that acts as co-factors to enzymes during substrate metabolism in the body. It also has healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Golden Apples: Delicious and crunchy, apples are popular fruits that contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, which are required for normal growth and development and overall nutritional well-being. The fruits are however, contain no saturated fats or cholesterol; but rich in dietary fiber, which helps, prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon. Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body. Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenols. The important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Apples are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. These compounds help body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals. In addition, apple fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body. Apple also contains small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the bad influences of sodium.
Clementine: A clementine is often just thought of as a small orange, but they are a fruit like no other. According to the USDA they are a cross between a Chinese mandarin and an orange, and they are packed full of nutritional benefits. Clementines are smaller than an orange and have a much thinner flesh that is a deeper orange color. They make a great snack, and children are particularly fond of them. According to researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute in Oregon, vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen which is a structural compound throughout the body, from the skin to the bones. It helps transport fat to cells to convert it to energy and even helps convert cholesterol into bile, which can play a role in protecting one from heart disease and gall stones. Since humans cannot produce their own vitamin C within the body, we need to consume it from an outside source. A clementine contains 36 mg of vitamin C. Two clementines would satisfy the body's needs, and provide over two-thirds of an adult's needs. Clementines also contain 22 mg of calcium, which is necessary for muscle contraction and bone growth. While this is only a small percentage of the RDA for both children (500 mg) and adults (1000 to 1300 mg), it is a vital mineral, and eating a clementine can help you reach your RDA of calciumOne clementine contains 131 mg of potassium, which is another essential element for a healthy body. The American Heart Association states that potassium maintains the water balance in the body between cells and body fluids, aids in muscle contraction just as calcium does, and helps to lower blood pressure. Eating a well balanced diet that includes other fresh fruits and vegetables, along with clementines, will provide adequate potassium intake. The nutritional benefits of clementines don't stop there. They only contain 35 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates. They also contain 1.3 grams of fiber, which maintains healthy digestion and aids with weight loss.
Ginger: Ginger has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. The root contains many health benefiting essential oils such as gingerol, zingerone, shogaol, farnesene and small amounts of phelladrene, cineol, and citral. Gingerols help improve the intestinal motility and has anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, anti-pyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Studies have shown that it may reduce nausea induced by motion sickness or pregnancy and may help relieve migraine headaches. Zingerone, which gives pungent character to the ginger root, has been found to be effective against E.coli induced diarrhea, especially in children. This herb root is low in calories and contains no cholesterol, but is very rich source of many essential nutrients and vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vit.B-5) that are essential for optimum health. It also contains good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
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