Yes!! It’s true, carrot juice works wonder for hair and skin, especially for growing hair. I first heard about this on Instagram (yes, I’m serious). Who would of thought, just drinking carrot juice would boost up your hair growth. At first, I thought I needed to rub carrot juice directly on my scalp but luckily, that wasn’t the case. Though, I was down for that too!
How is this beneficial to our hair? Carrot is loaded with vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for our overall health. Beta carotene in the carrots is one of the ingredients that are very good for our body. It’s what gives the orange color to the carrot and when consuming it, our body converted it to vitamin A. Carrots not only provides us nutritional benefits, it also has healing and cleansing properties.
Along with vitamin A, there is also vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6 and E. Carrot is good for improving night vision, teeth, bones, liver, prenatal health, skin, hair, nails and preventing different types of cancer and heart disease.
I discovered a website that provides really good information about carrots (and many other veggies and fruits too). You can visit the site, for more in depth information.
Juice vs Carrot
I’ve been adding this to my diet recently, by eating carrots and drinking carrot juices. Okay, so here how you know I’m cheap – I was in the grocery store, picking up my package of carrots and carrot juice. When I was looking at the prices, I realized the juice was more expensive than the carrots. With a quick calculation in my head, I came to conclusion if I want to apply this into my diet – I need to consume it every day, therefore the spending will adds up. So erhh, I put back the juice and went home with my great investments – the carrots.
But after reading more about how to get the full benefits from carrots, I found out that drinking it is the best way. Just one glass a day will do the job. Juicing is a great way to get 100% freshly made carrot juice. If you don’t own a juicer like me, just purchase an organic carrot juice would be just as good. Make sure that the juice only contains carrots, nothing extra that you don’t want to put in your body (like preservatives).
Drinking carrot juice is better, because it enters to our blood stream right after drinking it. As liquid form is already pre-digest, so our body can absorbs it right away, getting all the nutrition from the juice. The beta carotene will help the scalp to produce sebum, the natural oil on the scalp. Keeping the hair and scalp moisturize, which will prevent breakage and dryness. With beta carotene and other vitamins will promotes blood flow, which help stimulating hair growth. Because the nutrition from the juice absorbs to our body quicker, the result can be seen faster too. Not by the next day – maybe by next month though no?! If it’s great for hair growth, it means it’s great for hair loss too.
Another thing is good to know, carrot contains more sugar than many other vegetables. To a healthy person it wouldn’t be any problem, but a diabetic might want to be careful with it, if planning to have it every day. So it’s best to do your own research, if needed.
How much is too much? There’s actually different information, when it comes to how much carrots you should consume. A lot of people think, when having too many carrots your skin will only turn into yellow or orange. On the website that I mentioned earlier, the author said that it’s a side effect when the body is detoxifying. The color will eventually fade away, once your body is done cleansing.
But from other sources I’ve read, that the biggest concern about having too many carrots is getting too much of vitamin A. Vitamin A is fat soluble and it could stays in our body up to two years. This is why we need to be careful and monitor the vitamin A doses, so it doesn’t reach to toxic levels.
So which one to believe? I’m leaning more towards not having too many carrots, better be safe than sorry right?! I’ve read and heard about how toxic vitamin A can become, because it does store in our body. I’m going to keep my carrots in moderation, only having one glass of carrot juice a day and have 2-3 carrots on days when I’m not drinking juice.
I’m going to keep doing this and report back to you guys on the results. For now, let’s all enjoy our carrot juices!