This "Orange" Juice (in the literal sense) will enrich your body with a host of vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-carotene which is converted by the body into vitamin A. The rich orange pigments in carrots, sweet potatoes, golden beets, and oranges will help combat disease and illness, and will also ensure proper cellular functioning.
Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that is responsible for giving fruit and vegetables their vivid orange hues. Once ingested, beta-carotene turns into Vitamin A (retinol), which the body uses for a variety of different cellular processes (reproduction, embryonic development, vision, growth, cellular differentiation and proliferation, tissue maintenance and lipid metabolism) or as an antioxidant where it protects cells against damaging free radicals.
Some of the major roles of vitamin A include:
Eye health (rhodopsin formation and prevention of night blindness)
Gene expression (prevention of birth defects and activation/repression of certain genes)
Immunity (required for normal functioning of immune system and proper white blood cell development. A vitamin A deficiency can be regarded as a nutritionally acquired immunodeficiency disease)
Cancer (improves immune function in addition to eliciting an anti-proliferative effect through the RAR and RXR receptors, thereby acting to block certain carcinogenic processes and inhibit tumour cell growth)
Red blood cell development (heavily involved in red blood cell production, which are derived from stem cells and require retinoids for their proper differentiation. In addition, vitamin A mobilizes iron stores to developing red blood cells, where it is incorporated into the oxygen carrier haemoglobin)
- 6 carrots
- 1 sweet potato
- 3 oranges
- 2 golden beets
- 1 lemon
- 2 inches ginger root
Juice the above ingredients in a juicer such as the Omega 8006/5 or NC800/900 (my two favourites!) and enjoy!