Carrots are my favorite snack, easy to eat, easy to carry and delicious. Anytime I leave home I have a small bag of about 2 BIG carrots pealed and cut into pieces that I carry should I feel the need to have a snack.
You can also forget about vitamin A pills, get it the natural way the body was meant to through this great vegetable. Carrots are an orange crunchy power-food, you get vitamin A and a list of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Look below to see more:
Benefits of Carrots
1. Improved Vision
Carrots are “good for the eyes” it is not just a myth. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is then 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.One study found that people who ate the most beta-carotene had 40% lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed very little.
2. Cancer Prevention
there are some studies that have shown carrots reduce the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer. Researchers discovered the compounds falcarinol and falcarindiol 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 it can lower cancer risk by one third in carrot-eating mice.
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. There have been many studies that show the levels of antioxidants in your body directly correlate with how long you will live
4. Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside)
Vitamin A and antioxidants both protect the skin from the sun. 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.
5. A Powerful Antiseptic
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed. I know that was new information to me as I looked into the properties of carrots.
6. Beautiful 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.
7. Prevent 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.
8. Cleanse 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 fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement… In today’s toxic environment this is very important.
9. Healthy Teeth and Gums
It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They remove 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.
10. Prevent Stroke:
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, 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.
So eat more carrots and enjoy the benefits of it.
A Bonus Benefit
Carrots being high in fiber, when eating them for a snack can leave you feeling satisfied and not in the need for more food…. which is great for people who want to control their calories and lose weight.