Fruits and vegetables should form the foundation of a healthful diet, but only one in 10 adults eats the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Drinking 100 percent juice, such as ginger carrot juice, as part of a balanced diet can help you boost your fruit and vegetable intake. A serving of carrot ginger juice — made from 4 ounces of fresh carrot juice and 2 ounces of fresh ginger juice — contains around 60 calories and plenty of nutrients.
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Read all about ginger carrot juice benefits and how it could fit as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Ginger Carrot Juice Benefits
1. It Can Support Immune Function
Carrot and ginger juice has a beneficial effect on your immune system thanks to its supply of vitamins A and C.
Vitamin A supports your immune health, according to Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Just 4 ounces of carrot juice packs 125 percent of your Daily Value (DV) of vitamin A, per the USDA.
And 4 ounces of carrot juice packs 11 percent of your DV of vitamin C while 4 ounces of fresh ginger contains 6 percent of your DV. Vitamin C helps you produce white blood cells and protects these cells from damage, per Oregon State University.
2. It Can Benefit Your Skin
Carrot ginger juice benefits the skin, too. The vitamin C found in the juice helps boost collagen production, a process needed for wound healing as well as to keep your skin strong, per Oregon State University.
A 4-ounce serving of carrot juice also contains 9 percent of your DV for vitamin E, an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage from the sun's rays or pollution, according to Oregon State University. Vitamin E regulates skin inflammation and can help reduce fluid buildup and swelling in your skin.
3. It's Linked to Good Heart Health
Carrot ginger juice also benefits your cardiovascular health. Taking 2 grams of ginger powder a day was observed to lower fasting blood sugar, apolipoprotein B and apolipoprotein A-I and malondialdehyde (MDA) — which are all risk factors for heart disease — in people with type 2 diabetes, per a 2015 Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research study.
The vitamin C in ginger carrot juice also contributes to these beneficial effects, as the nutrient is associated with lower risks of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to Oregon State University.
Fresh Ginger Juice Health Benefits
Ginger juice on its own can be bitter and spicy, so you'll often find it mixed with sweeter juices, like carrot or apple juice.
However, ginger boasts many potential benefits whether you consume it on its own or with another juice. Fresh ginger juice's health benefits, according to Harvard Health Publishing, include:
- It's anti-inflammatory
- It's linked to helping manage arthritis symptoms
- It's linked to supporting immune health
It also contains beneficial nutrients, including:
- Vitamin C
- USDA: "Ginger Juice"
- USDA: "Carrot Juice"
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin A
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin C
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin C and Skin Health
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin E and Skin Health
- Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: "The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients"
- Harvard Health Publishing: "Can everyday spices make you healthier?"
- Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin E