One of my cousins, who is way ahead of the times in nutrition, told me she gives her son extra carrots during the summer because carrots help protect us against the damaging effects of radiation from the sun. I did some research on this, and it looks like she’s correct.
Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a rich anti-oxidant that is said to ‘mop up’ the free radicals triggered by the sun. Foods that are bright orange or deep green, such as carrots and spinach, are the best sources of beta-carotene. Carrots are also said to reduce risk of heart disease, protect vision, decrease cancer, regulate our blood sugar, and promote colon and lung health.
Juicing carrots removes the indigestible fiber, making the nutrients in it more bio-available. In a raw carrot, you only receive approximately 1% of the available beta carotene, but a glass of carrot juice enables you to absorb almost 100%!