Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in a lot of people’s day diet plans, mostly due to its large number of uses in the kitchen.
They are delicious, easily available and quite affordable in the market. However, these are not the only things carrots should be known for because even without our knowledge, they play some really vital roles in our life.
Health benefits of carrots include
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer Researchers have just discovered falcarinol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. 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 mice.
Reports of researches carried out in Harvard University revealed that people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.
Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retain; to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for high vision. Beta carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
Healthy Glowing Skin:
Vitamin A and antioxidants properties of beta- carotene protects 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.
A Powerful Antiseptic:
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used in cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey and apply to the face to give you that healthy and long lasting glow.
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 acid.
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
Healthy Teeth and Gums:
It is 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 bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.