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Carrot Juice: How Much Is Too Much?
It has been proven that the bulk of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables can be salvaged and concentrated by juicing these vegetables and fruits. While everyone is aware that vitamin deficiencies can cause major health problems, few people realize that it is also possible to overdose on many nutrients. An overdose can lead to health problems as well as a deficiency. One of the vegetables that is most concentrated when juiced is the carrot. Drinking carrot juice has many potential health benefits. But, how much carrot juice can you drink?
Carrots are a vegetable that is rich in substances known as carotenoids. These substances are the building blocks for the compound known as vitamin A. These carotenoids are what give carrots their distinctive yellow to orange color. The human body is able to create vitamin A from them internally. Vitamin A has many benefits for the body including an improvement in night vision and liver functions. However, it is possible to overdose on carotenoids and, therefore, vitamin A.
The first noticeable sign that a person has taken an overdose of carotenoids or vitamin A is a yellowing of the skin that may deepen to orange. This condition is often confused with jaundice, which is a sign of potentially life threatening conditions such as liver failure. The major difference is that with carotenosis, the overdose of vitamin A, the whites of the eyes do not change color and this condition is relatively harmless. The change in the color of the skin is quite striking, especially in people who are fair of complexion.
Adding carrot juice to one's diet regularly is one of many recommendations for making improvements to one's healthy lifestyle. There is, however, a limit to the amount of carrot juice that can be safely consumed. It has been determined that consuming more than three cups of carrot juice daily for an extended period will lead to an overdose of carotenoids. Carotenosis usually develops after just a few days. If the consumption of carrot juice is reduced, the condition should correct itself fairly quickly. Continuing to consume over 3 cups of carrot juice in a day can lead to more severe health problems, in addition to the drastic change in one's skin coloring.
Juicing vegetables and fruits is recognized as one way to maximize the amount of nutrients that make it into the body. This is generally considered to be a more healthy choice. It is however possible to overdose on nutrients, which can lead to health problems in much the same way that deficiencies can. Carrot juice is an excellent source of vitamin A. It is not safe, however, to consume more than three cups of carrot juice daily for an extended period of time.
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