Health Benefits of Carrots

 

  1. Improves vision
    there’s some truth in the old wisdom that carrots are good for your eyes. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat large amounts of beta-carotene had a 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

  1.  Helps prevent cancer
    Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are one of the only common sources of this compound. A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating rats.
  2.  Slows down aging 
    The high level of beta-carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
  3.  Promotes healthier skin 
    Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.
  4.  Helps prevent infection 
    Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts—shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
  5.  Promotes healthier skin (from the outside) 
    Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey. See the full recipe here: carrot face mask.
  6. Prevents heart disease
    Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

  1. Cleanses the body
    Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fiber present in carrots helps clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
  2.  Protects teeth and gums
    It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which, being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
  3. Prevents stroke
    From all the above benefits it’s no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate five or more carrots a week were less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html

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4 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Carrots

  1. Thanks to your article, I have learnt something new “beta-carotene”
    I thought carrots were only good for rabbits but with this education, trust me; the rabbits have a competitor
    Continue the good work

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  2. I have learnt one more thing about carrot and that is the aid of good skin. For a very longtime I know one significant thing and that has to do with it’s tremendous role in our digestive system.. Thank you so much

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  3. This is really impressive, mind blowing, I always thought that carrots have positive relationship with the eye but but shockprisely, it goes beyond that. I thought that being the eyes healer was enough for me to be content with but now that I know am going to add that to my checklist n make it a priority. Thanks sweetheart for this eye opening.

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