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Carrot drink can help fight cancer and diabetes

Carrot drink can help fight cancer and diabetes Illustrative photo (pixabay.com)
Author: Maria Kholina

Adding carrot juice to your daily diet may contribute to improving health, according to a new study published in the Nutrients magazine.

Research findings

A small study has indicated that consuming carrot juice may help strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark focused on biologically active compounds, falcarinol (FaOH), and falcarindiol (FaDOH), found in carrot juice, which may impact inflammation.

Fourteen healthy volunteers aged 20 to 55 underwent blood tests before and one hour after consuming the juice. The participants ingested 30 grams of freeze-dried carrot powder mixed with 500 ml of water.

The study revealed promising results after carrot juice consumption, leading to the conclusion that incorporating carrot juice into the diet may benefit individuals with certain conditions such as diabetes and cancer, which involve inflammation.

The results of the study proved that intake of carrot juice influenced both pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in LPS-stimulated plasma samples one hour post-juice intake compared to no juice intake.

Consuming carrots significantly affects the reactivity of parts of the innate immune system, and the bioactive compounds in carrots, likely acetylenic oxylipins such as FaOH and FaDOH, may explain these effects.

Carrot benefits

Carrots are the number one food source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A crucial for our immune system. The fiber in carrots can act as a prebiotic, improving gut health and overall immunity.

Carrots may also help control blood sugar levels, further aiding in reducing inflammation in the body. According to scientists, these beneficial properties can be derived not only from carrot juice but also from the whole vegetable.