Raw Juice Your Way To Health: Carrot-Apple-Beet *Wonder*

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By J. E. Hinners, MD MPH

Best Juicing Recipe

I’m a huge fan of raw juicing–not only for health reasons, as the separation of the food fiber allows for greater bioavailability of nutrients–but also because the taste is so flavorful and fresh.

Here is my favorite go-to recipe with outstanding health benefits that include boosting the immune system, detoxifying the liver, fighting against cancer with rich antioxidants, and promoting healthy skin:


Ingredients 

  • 7-10 jumbo-sized carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1/3 of a small-medium beet
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 inch slice of ginger root
  • handful of parsely
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

(It’s best if organic ingredients can be chosen for avoiding pesticides.)


Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Cut off stems of carrots and beets. Process all ingredients (except cinnamon) through the juicer. Stir well, sprinkle cinnamon on top, and drink and enjoy!


Whenever I drink this, it’s as if I feel the health literally flowing through my body. I feel so clean and energetic afterwards, and the taste is delicious.

When to juice

  • Try to do your juicing right at the time you plan to drink your juice for maximal freshness and nutritional benefit.
  • If you want to maximize your body’s absorption of the juice’s nutrients, try juicing first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, while waiting about an hour or so after juicing before eating food.

Adding fat to your juice

The one exception I have to this guideline of holding off on food while drinking your raw juice is when you’re drinking a juice that contains fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). The juice in this recipe is rich in vitamin A (from the carrots), among other vitamins–and in reality, many fruits and vegetables besides those listed in this particular juice contain these fat-soluble vitamins. In these cases, eating or drinking a small amount of healthy fat along with your juice is actually ideal, because the body absorbs these vitamins better in the presence of fat.

While I wouldn’t suggest using this principle to justify downing several Krispy Kreme doughnuts alongside your juice every day, some healthier fats you could consider would include the fat from coconut, sunflower, and vegetable oils; nuts; flaxseed; avocados; eggs; and even from dark chocolate. One easy solution is to simply add a spoonful of coconut oil into your drink. Coconut oil tastes delicious and has a plethora of additional health benefits.

I will also readily admit that occasionally I incorporate this small amount of fat into my raw juice by eating a small piece of dark chocolate with my juice (dark chocolate also carries its own wonderful health benefits, if eaten in moderation).

What about blending juices and smoothies?

Keep in mind that drinking a juiced drink or smoothie from a blender does not yield the same health benefits as drinking juice that’s been processed through a juicer. While blended juices and smoothies do offer health benefits, the fiber is not removed from the fruits and vegetables in a blender, so the bioavailability of nutrients from a juicer’s drink is much greater than the bioavailability of nutrients from a blended drink.

Don’t we need fiber?

Yes! Fiber is wonderful for you and helps prevent a number of leading serious diseases, and I absolutely recommend consuming fiber on a regular basis.

As a matter of fact, I actually save the bowl of fiber shreds from this carrot-apple-beet juice recipe and eat it at later meals. It can be added to salads, of course, but another favorite of mine is eating it underneath a couple of fried eggs!

Then why get rid of fiber through juicing?

It’s a matter of timing. By staggering when you consume fiber with when you consume nutrients from raw juicing, you can maximize how much of the nutrients your body will absorb from these fruits and vegetables.

What you should know about the vitamin A in carrot juice

Since this particular juice recipe involves a fair amount of carrots (with vitamin A), I would recommend taking your vitamin D at a different time of day, as vitamin A can inhibit the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D. It is always a healthy idea to rotate what types of raw juices you make to avoid excess of any one vitamin and to ensure that you get a wide range of nutrients.

Also, if you are pregnant, I would avoid consuming regular and large amounts of this particular juice (or of any other carrot-containing juice), as excessive amounts of vitamin A can cause birth defects.

A special (and strange) note about beets

This is one of those rare foods where–when raw juicing–you want to be careful not to overdose, especially if you haven’t juiced beets lately. Overdosing on juicing beets can cause nausea and vomiting; extreme overdosing can actually also temporarily damage the vocal cords. Note that the overdose effect I am referring to is when beets are juiced raw (not when eaten whole).

You may find some red color in the toilet after consuming beets or beet juice, but be reassured that it’s a harmless discovery and nothing to worry about.

Avoid including the beets in this recipe if you’ve had or have kidney stones, as beets contain oxylates, which can aggravate oxylate kidney stones.

How to avoid beet problems

If your body’s not yet used to consuming raw beet juice, all you need to do is slowly strengthen your body to be able to process it better. You can do this by starting with very small amounts of beets added to your raw juice recipe, and gradually increasing the amount by just a small amount, if desired. The effects of strongly concentrated beet juice can also be lessened if a much larger proportion of your drink contains other foods (such as the large amount of carrots and apples in this recipe, relative to the beets).

So why add the beets at all?

Beets:

  • Aid in healing chronic diseases
  • Fight cancer
  • Heal skin
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Help minimize birth defects
  • Contribute to eye health
  • Assist those with anemia
  • This and more information here

Some Additional Health Benefits From This Carrot-Apple-Beet Juice

Carrots:

  • Help fight heart disease
  • Help fight cancer
  • Provide brain health
  • Promote healthy liver
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Promote healthy skin
  • This and more information here

Apples:

  • Are good for brain health
  • Fight diabetes
  • Fight cancer
  • Help prevent strokes
  • Help prevent heart disease
  • This and more information here

Garlic:

  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Prevents and fights the common cold
  • Reduces cholesterol buildup, reducing hypertension
  • Has excellent anti-fungal properties
  • Assists the body in detoxifying
  • This and more information here

Ginger:

  • Is pain-relieving
  • Fights against cancer
  • Soothes the gastrointestinal tract
  • This and more information here

Parsley:

  • Promotes bone strength
  • Fights Alzheimer’s disease
  • Helps those with certain types of anemia
  • Helps digestion
  • Fights cancer
  • This and more information here

Cinnamon:

  • Promotes brain health
  • Promotes bone health
  • Has antimicrobial properties
  • Assists in forming sex hormones
  • Coagulates blood properly
  • This and more information here

So, if the delicious taste of this carrot-apple-beet juice is not enough to persuade you to give it a go, consider this overwhelming list of wonderful health benefits!


This Omega Juicer is the juicer that I use and am very happy with. It actually technically “masticates” the food (unlike some cheaper juicers) with a slightly slower juicing process that extracts more nutrients from the food. The masticating juicer also keeps the nutrients optimally fresh for longer periods of time–which means you can save time by juicing larger amounts at one time, saving the rest in the refrigerator for the next couple of days.

Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer, White

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