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Nutritional Value for Raw Carrot Juice

| By Jessica Lewis
Nutritional Value for Raw Carrot Juice
Drink carrot juice on its own or blended with other fruit and vegetable juices. Photo Credit Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Sweet and brilliantly orange carrots are delicious cooked or raw. And while you might not think of it at first, fresh juice made from raw carrots is another way to get most of the nutritional benefits of raw carrots in a drinkable format. The dietary fiber of raw carrots, however, is not available in juice, because it is filtered out during the juicing process. It takes 3 cups of chopped raw carrot to make 1 cup of raw carrot juice, which is rich in a number of vitamins and minerals.

Strong Bones and Teeth

Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. It is also necessary for muscular and blood vessel contractions, and it enables your nerves to carry messages between areas of your body. Calcium also helps release various enzymes and hormones that play a role in virtually every bodily function. The daily recommended amount of calcium is 1,000 milligrams for adult men and women, increasing to 1,200 milligrams for women over 51 years of age, and 1,300 milligrams for pregnant and nursing women. A 1-cup serving of raw carrot juice offers 127 milligrams of calcium, about 9.8 to 12.7 percent of the daily recommendation of calcium.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E provides support to your immune system, and it helps with red blood cell production. It dilates blood vessels, reducing the risk of blood clots, and it is also a natural antioxidant, protecting your body from damage from free radicals. Free radicals that build up in your body — they are formed as your body metabolizes food and fats — can speed up the aging process, as well as cause cell death and damage, increasing your risk of developing heart disease or cancer. A 1-cup serving of raw carrot juice has 2.5 milligrams of vitamin E. This provides 16.7 of the recommended intake for adult men and women, including pregnant women, and 13 percent of the recommended intake for breastfeeding women.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps with cellular differentiation, and it is crucial for keeping your eyesight healthy. It also keeps your mucous membranes healthy, as well as helping in healing wounds and providing support to your immune system. Like vitamin E, vitamin A is a natural antioxidant, protecting your body from damage from free radicals. Carrots are particularly rich in vitamin A, with a 1-cup serving of raw carrot juice providing 3,206 micrograms. This is well over 100 percent of the daily dietary intake of vitamin A for all adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Rich in Vitamin K

Vitamin K is essential for blood coagulation, earning it the nickname as the “clotting vitamin.” Stored in your liver and fat tissue, it also helps your body absorb and use calcium, making it important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. The daily adequate intake of vitamin K is 90 micrograms for adult women and 120 micrograms for adult men. A 1-cup serving of raw carrot juice has 51 micrograms of vitamin K, providing 43 percent to 57 percent of the daily AI for adults.

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author image Jessica Lewis
Jessica Lewis has published professionally since 2005 and is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. Her work is regularly found in the "National Post" and "Oxygen Magazine." She holds degrees from the University of Guelph and McMaster University. A marathon runner and yoga enthusiast, she is also interested in alternative medicine.
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