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What Can Carrot Juice Do to Your Stomach?

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author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
What Can Carrot Juice Do to Your Stomach?
Whole raw carrots and a glass of carrot juice on wood. Photo Credit Vitaliy_ph/iStock/Getty Images

Carrot juice is a sweet and savory alternative to more common varieties of vegetable juice, such as tomato juice, a good option for a healthy and nutritious accompaniment to a meal. Carrot juice has other benefits, however. Carrots can do many good things for your stomach, including maintaining its health and preventing certain conditions and diseases.

Prevents Gastric Cancer

Gastric cancer, or cancer of the stomach lining, kills more than 10,000 Americans each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. An additional 20,000 Americans receive a diagnosis of this disease each year. Drinking carrot juice may help prevent gastric cancer. A study published in the February 2007 issue of "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" indicates that vitamin A, a nutrient carrots supply, may reduce your risk of developing the cancer. A 1-cup serving of carrot juice provides 45,133 IU of vitamin A, several times the daily recommended intake of 5,000 IU.

Maintains Stomach Lining

The lining of your stomach is called the gastric mucosa. It protects your stomach cavity from micro-organisms and lubricates the foods that reach your stomach to help them move within that organ. Damage to the stomach lining can trigger a number of conditions, including stomach ulcers and gastritis, or inflammation of the gastric mucosa. The vitamin A present in carrot juice may help prevent these problems. Research featured in the December 2003 "Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology" suggests that getting adequate amounts of this vitamin helps prevent breakdown of the gastric mucosa. Because this research was carried out on rat models, human research is needed.

Influences Hunger Satiety

Getting enough fiber in your diet from carrot juice and other foods -- 25 g daily for women and 38 g for men -- helps you feel fuller for longer, primarily by filling your stomach with roughage. The fuller you feel, the less likely you are to consume food, which may help you lose weight. Evidence in the August 2010 issue of the "Journal of the American College of Nutrition" notes that study subjects who ate foods high in fiber displayed greater weight loss than test subjects who did not consume a high-fiber diet. A 1-cup serving of carrot juice contributes 1.9 g of dietary fiber to your daily diet.

Prevents Gastroparesis

Drinking carrot juice may help prevent a disease known as gastroparesis, or delayed emptying of the stomach. This may trigger heartburn, abdominal pain, vomiting and abdominal spasms. It is often caused by diabetes, but you can avoid diabetes -- and gastroparesis -- thanks to the vitamins and minerals in carrot juice. Magnesium, vitamin E and vitamin C may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, and carrot juice contains all of these nutrients. Including carrot juice in your meal plan protects your stomach.

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