Best Juicer for Carrots

When it comes to deciding which juicer to buy, perhaps the most important thing to consider is what you are going to be juicing most often. Since we are looking at juicers that can handle the tough job of juicing carrots, then that is where our focus will be.

Below are the best carrot juicers available for purchase on the market today.

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NameTypeOur Rating
Breville BJE510XLCentrifugal9.6 / 10
Breville BJE200XLCentrifugal9.4 / 10
Omega J8004Masticating9.4 / 10
Omega VSJ843QWMasticating9.4 / 10
Hamilton Beach 67608ZCentrifugal9 / 10
Tribest SW-2000-BMasticating9 / 10
SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating JuicerMasticating8.8 / 10
Hurom HU-100Masticating8.6 / 10

1. Breville BJE510XL

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  • Offers five different speeds to ensure maximum juice yield, regardless of the type of fruit or vegetable used. The control panel allows you to easily identify which speed to use.
  • Comes with a separate pulp collector, juice jug and a detachable spout that allows you to juice directly into a glass or small flask.
  • Powerful motor, the speed of which can be adjusted manually by you, or automatically by the juicer thanks to a smart chip that is installed to sense heavier than normal loads and then adjusts the power accordingly.
  • All of the parts that come into contact with food are BPA-free. With the exception of the mesh screen, cutting blade and food pusher, all of the removable parts are dishwasher safe. A handy cleaning brush enables you to clean the mesh screen easily.
  • Safety locking arm and an overload protection system ensure that this juicer is operated safely.
  • Centrifugal juicer, which does mean that there can be some heat and oxidation created during use and that may slightly reduce the level of nutrients in the finished juice.

The Breville BJE510XL offers five speeds to enable maximum juice extraction from each fruit and vegetable type, including hard veg like carrots, citrus fruits, and soft fruits, like apricots and even leafy greens!

The speed dial is accompanied by a backlit control panel that allows you to easily see which speed to use.

A smart chip installed in the machine automatically increases power to the motor and cutting disc, if there is a heavier load of produce than that which was indicated when you selected the speed, to ensure that everything is juiced efficiently.

The powerful motor makes short work of pretty much any fruit and vegetable you put into this machine. It is a centrifugal juicer, so there will be some froth produced, however a froth separator prevents this from being added into your juice.

Large batches of juice can be easily produced because the Breville BJE510XL has a separate pulp collecting container that reduces the need to stop and empty the machine, unlike many centrifugal juicers that collect the pulp in the main body.

The juicer comes with a juice jug that sits neatly under the machine, but you can also choose to attach the detachable spout that enables you to juice neatly into glasses and small flasks.

With the exception of the mesh screen, cutting blade and food pusher, the removable parts are dishwasher-safe and the juicer also comes with a cleaning brush that is designed to help you get the mesh screen hygienically clean.

The plastic materials in the juicer that come into contact with the produce are BPA-free, whilst the metal elements are made from stainless steel.

For safety, there is a locking arm which prevents the juicer being used unless it is in place. There is also an overload protection system that will automatically switch the juicer off if it senses that it is overloaded.

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2. Breville BJE200XL

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  • Compact and lightweight, making it ideal for people who have small kitchens, as well as those who have mobility issues.
  • Has a safety arm that essentially clamps the juicer shut, thus greatly reducing the risk of juice escaping during use.
  • Comes with a lidded juice collecting container that sits neatly under the juice ejection spout.
  • The removable parts are dishwasher-safe and it comes with a handy cleaning brush to ensure that the mesh screen gets properly cleaned.
  • Is easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • The mesh filter is made from stainless steel, which is easy to keep hygienically clean.
  • The cutting disk is made from titanium, meaning that it can handle pretty much any produce you put in the juicer.
  • It has a large feed chute which allows you to put fruits and vegetables in whole, thus reducing prep time.
  • Centrifugal juicer, which does mean that there can be some heat and oxidation created during use and that may slightly reduce the level of nutrients in the finished juice.
  • The design of the centrifugal juicer means that it won’t juice grasses and leafy greens especially well; centrifugal juicers in general also tend to extract slightly less juice overall from produce than other types of juicer.

The Breville BJE200XL is ideal for anyone with limited space in their kitchen; it will also be perfect for using in holiday caravans. It is an electrically powered centrifugal juicer, operating at a speed of 14,000RPM, which is perfect for anyone who wants juice quickly, or who is at the beginning of their juicing journey, but might not be for people who worry about nutrients that can be lost from juicing at high speed.

This juicer reduces the need to prepare most fruits and vegetables, thanks to its wide feed chute, powerful motor and super-strong titanium cutting blade – it’s perfect for the tough job of juicing lots of hard produce, like carrots! The design of this juicer, however, is not ideal for producing maximum yields of juice from grasses and leafy greens.

The removable parts of the Breville BJE200XL are dishwasher-safe and it also comes with a cleaning brush that is designed to get the stainless steel mesh spotlessly clean.

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3. Omega J8004

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  • Very easy to assemble and disassemble, having just a few main parts that need to be cleaned.
  • Comes with a variety of attachments that allow you to grind coffee beans, produce baby food and make nut butters, as well as juice.
  • The auger is made from tough Ultem plastic that makes light work of pretty much any fruit and vegetable you can throw at it, including carrots.
  • Has a high juice yield.
  • It is quite quiet.
  • Is pricier than centrifugal juicers, though will have a higher yield.

The Omega J8006 is an electric masticating juicer that handles the tough job of juicing carrots with ease. It operates at a low speed of 80RPM which prevents oxidation and damage to the nutrients in your freshly produced carrot juice. The attachments for this juicer also allow you to make things like nut butter, baby food and you can even grind coffee beans!

The auger in the juicer is made from strong Ultem plastic that is designed to be tough and durable.

The juicer does come apart easily and separates into a few parts that can be kept hygienically clean.

The pulp is expelled directly from the end of the auger and into a container that sits below whilst the juice is released from holes located directly under the auger shaft, into another container that sits underneath it.

The Omega J8004 produces a high yield and is very efficient.

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4. Omega VSJ843QW

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  • Masticating slow juicer, running at an incredibly low speed of 43RPM to prevent oxidation and nutrient damage.
  • It has a new design, dual edge auger that works twice as hard as regular augers to squeeze the maximum amount of juice out of your produce as is possible.
  • BPA-free.
  • Easy to take apart and clean.
  • It is very quiet.
  • The feed chute is smaller than other juicers, so you might need to spend a little more time preparing fruits and vegetables before juicing.

The Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QW is one of the slowest masticating juicers on the market, working at an incredibly low speed of just 43RPM!

It has a dual edge auger that is designed to really make sure that produce like carrots are completely squeezed of their juice, whilst retaining the maximum level of nutrients.

The pulp ejection spout and container mean that you don’t need to keep stopping the juicer to empty out the pulp whilst juicing in large batches.

It is easy to keep clean thanks to its automatic cleaning function and the fact that it comes apart easily for cleaning. The removable parts are classed as dishwasher-safe, but it is actually recommended that you wash them by hand, especially the mesh screen, because there is a risk that they can become warped in the heat of some dishwashers.

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5. Hamilton Beach 67608Z

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  • Is very affordable, being ideal for beginner juicers and those on a budget.
  • Has two safety clamps on either side of the machine, which ensure that the juicer does not come apart during use.
  • Extra-large feed chute, which is designed to reduce preparation time.
  • Stainless steel cutting blade and dishwasher-safe parts.
  • Comes with a mesh cleaning brush, juice container and separate compartment for collecting pulp, which allows you to make larger batches of juice in one go compared to using some other centrifugal juicers.
  • Has a powerful 800 watt motor that makes light work of most fruits and vegetables.
  • Is relatively easy to assemble and disassemble.
  • Being a centrifugal juicer, it is unlikely to produce the maximum possible yield of juice from grasses and leafy greens.

The Hamilton Beach 67608 is a very affordable juicer that is perfect for anyone who is new to juicing, as well as those on a budget. The large feed chute and powerful motor allow you to juice carrots whole, as well as most other fruit and veg, thus reducing the preparation required.

Plus, there is a separate compartment for collecting the pulp, which is ideal for anyone who likes to make large batches of juice in one go. Some fruits and vegetables will create juice that is extremely frothy, such as pears and apples, whilst others have a minimal amount of froth, such as carrots and broccoli.

The safety clamps on either side of the unit ensure that nothing can escape from the juicer whilst it is in use, although you need to make sure that you put the machine together properly, otherwise you may experience some leakage.

The blade and straining mesh are made from dishwasher-safe stainless steel, ensuring that the juicer can stay hygienically clean; the other removable parts are also dishwasher-safe.

A handy cleaning brush is also included to ensure that you can get the mesh properly clean. A top tip is to pop a biodegradable food bag or other plastic bag in the pulp collector to minimise cleaning time once you are done juicing.

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6. Tribest SW-2000-B

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  • This is a masticating juicer, operating at a slow speed of 47RPM, thus significantly reducing oxidation that damages nutrients in the juice.
  • Comes with a mincing attachment to enable you to produce nut butters, sauces, sorbets and pates.
  • It is very quiet.
  • BPA-free casing and housing.
  • Has a torque power that is equivalent to 9 horsepower, thus managing to squeeze every possible drop of juice out of almost any fruit, vegetable or grass you can chuck at it.
  • Produces juice that has a very minimal amount of pulp compared to other masticating juicers.
  • Whilst the auger and mesh screen are BPA-free, the rest of the machine is classed as virtually BPA-free because there is a small risk of trace BPA materials being present.
  • It can be a bit fiddly to put together in the correct way.

The Tribest SW-2000-B is an electrically powered masticating juicer that runs at a very low speed of just 47RPM, thus maximising the levels of nutrients in the finished juice. It has a mincing attachment that means not only can you juice with this machine, but you can also produce nut butters, pates and sauces.

The auger is described as being a duoblade design, which means that it does the same work as a regular auger, but in less time; it is also a vertical auger which allows it to act in a self-feeding manner. According to the manufacturer, the Tribest SW-2000-B Juicer has a torque power that is the equivalent to 9 horsepower, allowing it to make light work of harder fruits and vegetables, like carrots.

The auger, as well as the mesh screen, is made from BPA-free, tough Ultem plastic, whilst the rest of the juicer is made from materials that are classed as virtually BPA-free; the manufacturer states this so as to be completely honest with their customers because there is a small risk that there are traces of BPA materials in their products.

It comes with a cleaning brush, making it easy to clean the juicer. A top tip is to pop the juice cap on and pour water into the auger, then very briefly run the juicer to help release any juice caught on the screen before washing.

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7. SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer

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  • This is a masticating juicer that operates at a low speed and, therefore, ensures that the maximum possible level of nutrients is present in your juice; the juice cap on the juice ejection spout also helps reduce nutrient loss by keeping the juice inside the juicer until you are ready to release it, thus preventing oxidation.
  • It has a reverse rotation option that allows you to easily unclog produce that has become stuck without needing to stop mid-juicing and disassemble the juicer.
  • The juicer comes with different attachments that mean you can also make smoothies and sorbets.
  • It has a pulp ejection spout and container that allow you to juice large batches of juice with ease.
  • Has a strong handle on the back of the machine that allows you to easily carry it from one place to another.
  • Some people feel that it is too tall, when fully assembled, to fit under most over-counter cupboards.

The SKG New Generation Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer operates at a low speed of just 60RPM, which helps to ensure that the maximum levels of nutrients are present in your fresh homemade carrot juice.

It is a vertical auger, allowing it to have a self-feeding function which when coupled with the large feed chute mouth, allows you to have a quick and easy juicing experience.

A reverse rotation option also allows you to reverse the direction of the auger to help easily unclog any produce that has become stuck without needing to take the whole machine apart.

The juice spout has a handy cap that allows you to keep the juice inside the main body of the machine until juicing is complete, thus further helping to reduce the risk of nutrient-damaging oxidation occurring.

The pulp ejection spout and collecting container allow you to keep on juicing until you are done, which is perfect when making large batches in one go. The juicer also comes with attachments that allow you to make healthy fruit ice cream and bean curd or tofu at home.

To ensure the longevity of the machine, it is recommended that you allow it to take regular breaks if you are juicing for long periods in order to stop the machine from becoming overheated.

Cleaning is generally quite easy with this machine.

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8. Hurom HU-100

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  • Being an electrically powered masticating juicer, it is ideal for people who like to get the maximum amount of nutrients into their juice, as well as for those who struggle to operate manually powered masticating juicers.
  • Is very versatile and can produce juice, nut milks and sauces with ease.
  • The upright position of the auger allows the juicer to have a self-feeding function that makes short work of pretty much any fruit or vegetable, including hard ones like carrots.
  • The auger and strainer are made from tough Ultem plastic.
  • Runs very quietly.
  • The smaller feed chute does mean that you need to spend more time preparing your produce before putting it through the juicer.
  • Not as efficient as other juicers.

The Hurom HU-100 is ideal for juicing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grasses. Because it is a masticating juicer, it slowly and gently squeezes your produce to extract the maximum amount of juice, whilst also ensuring that the highest levels of nutrients are retained as possible. It is electrically powered, which is ideal for anyone who might struggle with a manually operated masticating juicer, and runs at just 80RPM.

This juicer has a vertical auger that sits directly under the feed chute, which creates a self-feeding effect. This means that you can feed the produce into the juicer with minimal effort. The pulp is ejected from the left spout on the front of the juicer, whilst the juice is ejected from the right-hand spout, thus enabling you to produce large batches of juice in one go.

It can be used to make juice from pretty much any fruit and vegetable, but is also excellent at producing nut milks from produce like soybeans. Like with most masticating juicers, it is recommended that when you are juicing you alternate between soft fruits and vegetables, like apricots or leafy greens, and harder fruits and vegetables, like carrots or apples; this helps to prevent it from becoming clogged up.

The removable parts are generally easy to take apart and clean. The auger and strainer are made from the super-tough Ultem plastic that is designed to be extremely durable.

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Juicer Types and How They Work

Most juicers tend to squeeze, grind, grate or chop up your produce in order to release the juice. What your juicer will do to produce your juice will depend greatly on the type that you choose to buy: the juicers that are available on the market tend to fall into one of three main categories –  centrifugal, masticating (otherwise known as a cold-press juicer) and triturating.

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are usually electrically powered and are designed to provide you with juice fast! They are perfect for people who are time-poor, sticking to a budget and/or aren’t overly concerned about getting the maximum level of nutrients into their juice. They are also a perfect first juicer for those who are testing the juicing waters because they tend to be the most affordable types available.

Centrifugal juicers work by chopping or grating the produce, then spinning it really fast in an attempt to wring out as much juice as possible. The produce is usually fed into a chute at the top of the machine and the juice is released through a mesh to ensure that the pulp stays separate from the juice. The whole juicer is usually very easy to take apart and clean, compared to many other kinds of juicers that can be somewhat fiddly to get properly clean.

The downside to centrifugal juicers is that they can be very loud and tend to produce heat during the juicing process, which has been shown to oxidise the juice and reduce the level of nutrients available in it. These juicers are usually unable to juice leafy greens and wheatgrass because they rely on chopping and grating, rather than squeezing, to release juice and these are methods that are not the most effective when it comes to juicing leafy greens and grasses.

Just like electrically powered blenders, centrifugal juicers can become overheated quite easily and therefore might well struggle with regularly juicing lots of hard produce, like carrots. It is also worth noting that with centrifugal juicers, there is a lot more waste compared to other types of juicer because of the way that they extract juice, so you are unlikely to get the maximum possible amount of juice from your carrots when using a centrifugal juicer. That doesn’t mean that these juicers cannot juice carrots easily, they just might struggle with large quantities, as well as the fact that they don’t produce the maximum amount of juice that is possible.

These juicers store the pulp above the shredding device within the main body of the juicer, which means that you have to stop regularly to clean it out, which can be cumbersome if you are trying to make large batches of juice. There is however a type of centrifugal juicer that deals with this problem and it is called a centrifugal ejection juicer. This type of juicer has something called a “hopper” that allows the pulp to be ejected from the side of the machine into a separate container; this allows you to continue juicing for as long as you need to.

Masticating Juicers

Mastication is the process of chewing food, and that is exactly what masticating juicers do in order to make your juice. Produce is fed into the machine via a feed chute that is normally located directly above the auger, which is basically a large screw, normally made from tough plastic or metal, that acts to squeeze and grind your fruits, vegetables or grasses and push them through a screen to produce the maximum possible yield of juice.

This is an effective method of juicing and also ensures that high levels of nutrients are retained because masticating juicers usually work at a far slower pace than centrifugal ones. This is regardless of whether or not they are electric or manually powered, which lowers the risk of heat being produced and therefore greatly reduces or eliminates oxidation. This also means that the juice you produce can be stored for a greater length of time in the fridge.

Many masticating juicers will have a “reverse” option that allows you to reverse the direction of the auger in order to release any produce that has become stuck and is clogging up the machine, something that can happen occasionally with all juicers but is not always easily rectified without taking the machine apart. They are incredibly quiet and you can choose to buy either a manually operated one, which is handy for people who travel a lot, or an electrically powered one, which is ideal for those who make a lot of juice!

Masticating juicers also tend to be very tough and hardwearing and because they normally operate at a lower speed they are less likely to overheat during long juicing sessions. Despite these positives, masticating juicers do have some negatives: they take longer to produce juice than centrifugal juicers, are sometimes quite fiddly to take apart & clean and are usually more expensive than centrifugal juicers. So they are perhaps most ideal for people who are serious about juicing and are ready to move on from their beginner’s juicer.

Triturating Juicers

Triturating juicers are essentially masticating juicers, but with a difference. Instead of a single auger that crushes produce, they have two gears that interlock with each other when the machine is on. It is through these gears that the produce is forced, thus squeezing out every last possible drop of juice from the fruit, vegetables or grasses. Triturating juicers operate at an extremely low speed, therefore very little heat, if any, is produced and almost zero oxidation occurs.

The downside to these juicers is that they are just as fiddly as regular masticating juicers to clean and they come with a hefty price tag, making them accessible only to those who can really afford them, or those who are truly dedicated to juicing.

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The Benefits of Having a Carrot Juicer

Regardless of the pros and cons of the different types of juicer, it is clear that they all share a number of benefits when it comes to juicing carrots and they include:

– The best possible quality juice. Even if you use a centrifugal juicer that produces some heat and therefore encourages oxidation, you are still going to have far more nutrients in your homemade carrot juice than most varieties that you can buy in the shops. Fresh juice on the shelves has been pasteurised with heat to maximise shelf life and remove bacteria; even the seemingly posher brands of freshly pressed juice will have been pasteurised in order to maximise shelf life.

– You know exactly what’s in your juice! This might seem like a bit of an obvious one, but by making your own carrot juice at home, you can be sure of exactly what is in it. Some fresh juices can have things added to them, again to try and maximise shelf life and/or improve flavour. Even if there is nothing ‘nasty’ in the shop-bought juice, you might not like some of the ingredients the juice company has put into it, so by making your own juice, you can decide whether or not you want apple in with your carrot, or if you want to leave it out. You also get to decide if you will use organic or non-organic produce to make your juice, perhaps even using carrots pulled straight from your garden!

– Making your own carrot juice at home is probably the cheapest way to get carrot juice into your daily diet; it’s made even more affordable by using carrots you have grown yourself. Carrots are possibly one of the cheapest vegetables around (even if you buy organic), so if you are on a budget, you can still afford to drink the goodness that is found in carrot juice – maybe even jazzing it up occasionally with small amounts of other, but more expensive, good-for-you ingredients.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Juicer to Juice Carrots

Pretty much any juicer will be good for juicing carrots; although if you do intend to do a lot of juicing, it might be best to opt for an electrically powered one rather than a manual one, due to the labour-intensity required by manual juicers. Of course, if you are concerned about the environment, live off-grid, travel a lot and/or don’t mind the workout that accompanies using a manual juicer, then, by all means, go ahead and buy one!

Perhaps you are new to juicing and simply want to see if it’s for you, in which case it is probably best to opt for an affordable centrifugal juicer. Sure, you will experience some oxidation and will very likely get less juice from your carrots, but it is better to spend a small amount of money on a juicer to see if you like it, and then save up for something a bit more special, than to blow a load of cash on a swanky machine that will gather dust. Once you buy your better quality machine, you can either pass on your old one, keep it as a back-up, or use it on days when you are time-poor.

If you are someone who already knows that they enjoy juicing, then it really is up to you to decide which juicer to buy, but that decision will likely be based on a variety of factors that are individual to you and your needs. Some of the things that you might think about when buying a juicer for juicing carrots include:

Nutrient quality – chances are that if you are serious about juicing, then you are going to be serious about ensuring that the maximum level of nutrients possible is present in your juice. As previously discussed, there are some juicers that are better at preventing oxidation and nutrient damage than others. So when choosing your juicer, it is worth factoring this into the equation.

Affordability – for most people, affordability plays an important role in helping them to decide which juicer to buy. Centrifugal juicers are generally the cheapest on the market, whilst masticating juicers are usually more expensive, although some manual machines can be quite affordable.

Ease of use – this is something else to consider. If you are someone who is time-poor, or who prefers not to spend ages dismantling and cleaning your juicer after every use, then you might not want a masticating juicer, especially if the parts cannot be safely put in the dishwasher; centrifugal juicers do, on the whole, tend to be a lot easier to clean.

That said, there are more and more masticating juicers entering the market that are designed to be incredibly simple to take apart and to clean, so it is worth doing your research before making a decision. Another important thing to think about is how easy the juicer is to actually use. Some are very straightforward, with simple instructions for certain types of produce, whilst others can be a bit more complicated.

Diversity – this is perhaps one of the most important considerations when it comes to purchasing a juicer: do you want something that can simply juice carrots, and other fruits and vegetables, and juice them well, or are you looking for a machine that can also juice wheatgrass, make pasta and grind coffee beans? It is worth thinking about the potential uses that you might have for your juicer and then decide if the one you want to buy can fulfill those needs.

Time – here, we are talking about two kinds of time: the time taken to produce the juice and the amount of time that the juice can be safely stored for. Centrifugal juicers produce juice in no time at all, but this process leaves the juice full of oxygen, which encourages bacteria to grow and, therefore, means that the juice won’t last as long when stored in the fridge. Masticating juicers, on the other hand, are slower, but the juice they produce can be stored for a few days. You have to think about the amount of time you have on a daily basis to make your juice and then decide which juicer is for you: would you rather spend some time each week making juice for the coming days, or would you prefer to take five minutes each day to produce that day’s juice?

Quantity – all juicers can provide a pretty good amount of juice, but masticating juicers do tend to extract more juice than centrifugal juicers. They are usually better equipped to run for longer periods of time, thanks to their low speed, which is perfect for anyone who wants to produce large batches of juice. Most centrifugal juicers have to be switched off and have their pulp emptied regularly from inside the machine, plus they can run the risk of overheating if they are on for a long period of time whilst running at high speed.

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The Health Benefits of Carrots and Carrot Juice

Carrot juice is famously consumed as part of the Gerson Therapy regimen, which is purported to cure cancer, and other conditions, through the consumption of up to thirteen glasses of juice per day – either carrot and apple, or green juices.

To this end, there has been much scientific interest in the health benefits of carrots and more specifically carrot juice. There are a number of heirloom varieties of carrot available alongside the regular orange carrot, that produce yellow, white and even purple carrots!

In fact, it is beneficial to your health to regularly consume purple carrots if you can get hold of them because, whilst they contain similar levels of nutrients to orange carrots, they have much higher levels of anthocyanins than the regular carrot.

Anthocyanins are flavonoids that tend to be found in large quantities in fruits and vegetables that are deep red, blue and purple in colour; they are shown to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, can help to prevent cancer and can help improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Nutritional Profile

Carrots are powerhouses of nutrition, being very rich sources of carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. An average cup of freshly made carrot juice contains around 17% of the recommended intake of vitamin E, over 100% of the daily allowance of vitamin A and nearly half of the daily intake of vitamin K. Carrots and carrot juice also provide pretty good levels of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and vitamin B6.

Some people worry about drinking carrot juice because they are under the impression that all of the fibre has been removed, but it is simply the insoluble fibre that has been removed – the stuff that helps push things through your digestive system.

The soluble fibre dissolves in the water that is present within your digestive system, becoming gelatinous and acting to help clear away things like cholesterol. It is also important for helping to keep your stools nice and soft. The other thing to remember is that, unless you are going on an extended juice cleanse, you will be getting insoluble fibre from other areas of your diet. By juicing, you are simply speeding up the absorption of all those health-improving nutrients in the carrots because you won’t have insoluble fibre getting in the way.

Health Benefits

You will undoubtedly hear and read a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who claim to have cured various illnesses by juicing carrots, particularly cancer. But in this article we are interested specifically in looking at the scientific studies that have been conducted that help support the idea of carrot juice being a superfood.

Cancer

As previously mentioned, carrot juice is combined with apple juice as part of the Gerson Therapy regimen that claims to cure cancer. Numerous studies have been conducted to see if carrot juice is beneficial in the fight against cancer. In 2012, a study was conducted on sixty-nine female participants who were all survivors of breast cancer. They were given an 8oz glass of one of two types of fresh carrot juice every day for three weeks.

The conclusion was that regular consumption of carrot juice could help to reduce the risk of oxidative stress and therefore the risk of recurrence of breast cancer in survivors thanks to the increased carotenoid levels in the blood. The idea of carotenoids being linked to lower risks of developing or experiencing complications from cancer have been further investigated in studies relating to lung cancer and colorectal cancer.

The lung cancer study, which was conducted in 2014, was essentially a review of all the data collected by NHANES III up until that point on carotenoid-rich foods and lung cancer. Over ten thousand participants were followed and the results found that smokers who had high levels of carotenoids in their blood were between 39% and 54% less likely to die from lung cancer. This data is only relevant to current smokers however, as there was no link between non-smokers or former smokers with high carotenoid levels and their risk of death from lung cancer.

The colorectal cancer study also examined how high levels of dietary carotenoids affected the development and overall risks associated with colorectal cancer. Between July 2010 and October 2013, 845 participants were followed and their diets scrutinised in order to establish how high their levels of carotenoids were from their diets. The results found that consumption of carotenoids were linked to a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Interestingly, although males and females benefitted from the various types of carotenoids, only males were found to benefit from beta-carotene. A recent meta-analysis has also found that regular consumption of carrots may be beneficial to males in reducing their risk of developing prostate cancer. however, the studies are limited and the researchers concluded that further studies needed to be conducted in order to confirm these findings.

Another study has examined the role that carrot juice can play in killing the cells that cause leukaemia. The cells, alongside regular cells that acted as controls, were treated in vitro with carrot juice for up to 72 hours. The leukaemia cells that were treated with carrot juice experienced an increase in programmed cell death, otherwise known as apoptosis; the rate at which the cells progressed was also slowed.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Of course, carrots and carrot juice aren’t only thought to be beneficial in fighting against cancer, they have also been shown to have numerous other benefits to health.

In fact, in 2015 a review of the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found that high levels of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in very good levels in carrots, helped to significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration – which is a condition that usually affects a person’s eyesight as they age.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is essentially a combination of diabetes, hypertension and obesity that can cause serious, long term damage to your health.

A 2014 study examined more than two thousand Chinese adults, aged between 50 and 75 years of age, who underwent a variety of tests. The researchers found that the adults who had a higher level of carotenoids in their blood were at a much lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those who had low levels.

Immune System

For a long time, it was believed that the vitamin C in fruits and vegetables was responsible for a healthy immune system, however numerous studies have been conducted in the last couple of decades that suggest that this is not the case. In fact, it is generally understood now that, whilst vitamin C does help to support the immune system in some ways, it is the other nutrients in fruit and vegetables that keep the immune system fit and strong.

In 2003, a study was conducted on male participants who had low levels of carotenoids in their blood. For two weeks they consumed either 330ml of tomato juice or carrot juice. The effect on the immune system was measured by looking at the number of natural killer cells and secretion of cytokines (which are substances that are secreted by cells linked to the immune system). The results showed that the increased levels of carotenoids, from both sources, helped to improve immune system function.

Cardiovascular Health

In 2011, a pilot study was conducted that assessed the effect of regular carrot juice consumption on cardiovascular health. The results found that, whilst the juice didn’t seem to affect cholesterol, body fat, triglycerides or insulin levels, it did help to increase antioxidant status and reduce peroxidative damage to lipids.

Lipid peroxidation is when free radicals steal electrons from lipids, whilst antioxidants hunt down and destroy free radicals, so this shows that carrot juice can help protect the cardiovascular system.

Liver Health

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is basically the build-up of fatty tissue in the liver that is not caused by overconsumption of alcohol, although alcohol can contribute to it. This disease is usually a consequence of a poor diet that is high in fat and sugar, often being linked to diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.

A 2015 review of numerous studies concluded that high levels of carotenoids had a positive effect on liver health, even managing to help treat the symptoms of or prevent non-alcoholic liver disease.

Conclusion

From the scientific data mentioned above, it is clear that carrots and carrot juice, in particular, are extremely beneficial to health. The cancer studies, especially, seem to support the theory behind the Gerson Therapy treatments.

However, whilst there is clearly quite a lot of evidence to support the notion that carrots and carrot juice can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, or at the very least can help to manage or reduce the severity of the symptoms, it is important to be very careful before refusing conventional treatments in favour of juicing.

Risks and Warnings

Some people worry about the levels of sugar that are present in carrot juice and, yes, it is sensible to consider your overall sugar intake, but a one cup serving contains around two and a half teaspoons, or 9g, of naturally occurring sugar, which is usually far less than the natural sugar present in fruit juice, or even a cup of milk!

If you’re quite happy to drink either of those beverages, then the sugar in carrot juice shouldn’t be your top worry. If it is consumed in sensible amounts, there is nothing to worry about.