Do you know that carrots are a very important vegetable, which hold the key to many answers for the heart diseases and blood pressure problems? Carrot juice is a very delicious and nourishing drink. Nature has made the carrot a vegetable full of nourishment and vitamins, which can be processed by unskilled homemakers. Here I am going to explain in detail how good and nourishing carrot juice can be prepared by anybody in the house. All you need is the carrots, a food processor and some time. A juicer will make things a breeze.
Carrot juice not only prevent your blood pressure it is also capable of some major health benefits, See 7 Benefits of Drinking Carrot Juice
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Making carrot juice in blender or food processor
Take one kg (about 2 pounds) of carrots and wash them in clean water with no detergent added. If possible, scrub them with a vegetable brush. Cut off the broader end of the carrot where leafy parts of the plant have been. You can peel them also to avoid the pesticides that may be present on the skin of the carrots. However, peeling carrots will considerably reduce their nutritional value. However, simple washing in cold, clean water and scrubbing should really be all the carrots require to make good juice if they are firm and a good color. Like quite a few vegetables and fruits, the skin holds the most benefits.
Cut the carrots into small chunks so that your blender will not have problems processing over-sized carrots. It is always better to cut them into pieces of 1 to 2 inches in size. Now you can start the food processor to extract the juice. While it is mashing or chopping, you can add a little water to make the process easier. Now you can add two cups of boiled water to the mixture. Allow the carrot puree to remaining in the hot water for about 30 minutes. This will help to increase its taste and nutritional value. It also makes the extraction of the juice easier as the puree will set leaving the juice to escape.
What is blood pressure: The normal heart beat rate for people who are above 18 years of age, can be anywhere between 60 and 100. During every beat, blood is pumped into the circulation system through arteries. The pressure exerted by the flowing blood in the blood vessels is known as blood pressure. The blood pressure will be higher when we are awake, and it will be lower when we sleep. Mental stress, physical activity, etc. can lead to an increase in blood pressure, which in turn will damage the heart.
High blood pressure also known as hypertension is common among Americans. Only 52% of the blood pressure patients are able to control blood pressure through medicines, dieting, and other similar activities. Proper diet and exercise can lower the blood pressure and reduce the possibility of heart attack or stroke.
Importance of carrot in controlling blood pressure: What are the components that can help to reduce blood pressure? It is known that vitamins like C, B1 and K are very helpful for maintaining healthy blood vessels. Similarly, antioxidants like beta-caroteneare also the best substance for reducing blood pressure
Here come the importance and greatness of carrot. Carrot contains the above vitamins and antioxidants abundantly. As carrots are usually very cheap, and their juice can be extracted very easily as explained above, it has to be regularly used by people who suffer from high blood pressure. Similarly, people who do not have blood pressure are requested to drink carrot juice whenever possible to safeguard themselves from the danger of blood pressure related problems. Carrots were once encouraged to be eaten to help eye health as well. This is still true to an extent.
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