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Carrots Juice, The Potential Functional Drink in the

Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

By Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition

Carrots may process a potential effect in reducing risk and treatment of

cardiovascular disease through its antioxidant in inhibitory lipid peroxidation,
some researchers suggested.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of medical conditions associated with

the damage of heart and blood vessel, including atherosclerosis, heart
failure, and stroke.rcher
The exact causes of cardiovascular disease are unknown. Researchers
suggested that there are numbers of factor associated with the early onset of the
disease, including overweight, lack of physical inactivity, poor nutrition and

Some researchers also considered some psychological factors such as

depression are some prevalent risk factors that cause cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Everson-Rose SA, the lead author in the study "Psychosocial factors and
cardiovascular diseases" suggested, "(a) negative emotional states, including
depression, anger, and hostility, and anxiety; (b) chronic and acute psychosocial
stressors; and (c) social ties, social support, and social conflict are associated
with cardiovascular disease, morbidity, and mortality.

Additionally, genetic preposition, unhealthy diet, and lifestyle also play an

important role in the increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study by Dr. Edward Yu, the lead scientist wrote, "Diets low in trans fat,
saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and sugar-sweetened beverages and rich in
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and sources of unsaturated fats are
associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Healthy lifestyle choices
include smoking avoidance, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal
body mass index, and moderate alcohol consumption. Adherence to a
combination of these healthy diet and lifestyle behaviors may prevent most
vascular events".
These results firmly suggested, people who follow the Western diet with high in
bad fats, processed and junk food and low in fruits and vegetables are at the
higher risk of CVD.

Carrot, a root vegetable with an orange color is a subspecies of Daucus carota,

belonging to the family Apiaceae, native to Asian and Europe.

In the concerns of the high prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular disease is

attributable to sedentary lifestyle and eating diets high in fat and refined
carbohydrate while eating diets low in fruit and vegetables, researchers
launched an investigation to examine the effect of carrot juice in the reduced
risk of CVD.

The assessment of the study includes the calculation of the effects of

consuming 16 fl oz of daily freshly squeezed carrot juice for three months on
cardiovascular risk markers,such as C-reactive protein, insulin, leptin,
interleukin-1α, body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure,
antioxidant status, and malondialdehyde production.

Although drinking carrot juice did not affect the plasma cholesterol,
triglycerides, Apo A, Apo B, LDL, HDL, body fat percentage, insulin, leptin,
interleukin-1α, or C-reactive protein, the juice, however, decreased systolic
pressure but did not influence diastolic pressure.

Further analysis also indicated drinking carrot juice significantly increased the
plasma total antioxidant capacity and decreased the plasma malondialdehyde

In other words, carrot juice has a significant effect in reducing the risk
oxidative stress by balancing the ratio of levels antioxidants/free radicals in the
body, the major cause of CVD.

Dr. Potter AS, the lead scientist said, "Drinking carrot juice may protect the
cardiovascular system by increasing total antioxidant status and by decreasing
lipid peroxidation independent of any of the cardiovascular risk markers".

Interestingly, in the examine whether Anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and

carotenoids are the predominant phytochemicals present in purple carrots, have
beneficial effects in preventing metabolic syndrome, a prevalent risk factor of
cardiovascular disease, The University of Queensland conducted a study in the
animal models.
Purple carrot juice attenuated or reversed all changes while β-carotene did not
reduce oxidative stress, cardiac stiffness or hepatic fat deposition.

After taking into account co and confound, the researchers suggested that the
anthocyanins, the major bioactive compound from purple carrot are responsible
for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that improve glucose
tolerance as well as the cardiovascular and hepatic structure and function.

Taken altogether, purple carrot and non-purple carrot juice with high amounts
of antioxidants may be considered the functional drinks for the prevention and
treatment of cardiovascular disease.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers
have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine
articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate
GB daily, etc.,.
by Disilgold.com Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as
international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) Drinking carrot juice increases total antioxidant status and decreases lipid
peroxidation in adults.
Potter AS1, Foroudi S, Stamatikos A, Patil BS, Deyhim F.(PubMed)
(2) Moderate intervention with carotenoid-rich vegetable products reduces lipid
peroxidation in men By Bub A1, Watzl B, Abrahamse L, Delincée H, Adam S,
Wever J, Müller H, Rechkemmer G. (PubMed)
(3) Psychosocial factors and cardiovascular diseases by Everson-Rose SA1,
Lewis TT. (PubMed)