Everybody believes the only thing carrot is good for nutritionally is to enhance vision. Carrot, however, does more than this. Carrot is one of the most widely enjoyed vegetable all-round the world with its use both as a part of a cuisine or independently. The most common one comes in orange color though there are other varieties such as red, purple and white. The taproot of the carrot is the part of the vegetable most commonly eaten, although the greens are still beneficial in salads and other forms.

 

Nutritional Value and Calories

Most of the benefits of carrot are as result of its micro and macro nutrients it is loaded with.. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Also it is rich in beta-carotene and fiber content vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

 

Health Benefits of Carrots

Heart Disease Prevention

The beneficial effect of carrot on heart and it muscles was deduced in a research conducted at the Wolfson Gastrointestinal Laboratory in Edinburgh, Scotland. The result showed that cholesterol level drops by an average of 11 per-cents after the consumption of about 20g (7 ounces) serving of raw carrots per day are taken for three weeks.High cholesterol is one of the major causes of heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, it is thus a good idea to consume a healthy amount of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related problems.

Blood Pressure/Hypertension

Potassium is known for its vital role on the cardiovascular system as a vasodilator and can help relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function throughout the body and reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system. High blood pressure is also directly linked to atherosclerosis, strokes, and heart attacks, so this is yet another heart-healthy aspect of carrots! The coumarin found in them also has been linked to reducing hypertension and protecting your heart health.

Immune Booster

Carrot is rich in vitamin C and this makes it an ideal vegetable for boosting the immune system. The Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.

Digestion

Carrot has a great amount of dietary fibers which is good for the digestive system. It helps to promote the formation of bulk stool which passes smoothly out of the body as wastes. It also stimulates peristaltic motion and the secretion of gastric juices. Altogether, this reduces the severity of conditions like constipation and protects your colon and stomach from various serious illnesses, including colorectal cancer. Fiber also boosts heart health by helping to eliminate excess Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) from the walls of arteries and blood vessels.

Cancer Prevention

Because of its beta-carotene content, it has been discovered, by British Researchers, that the risk of developing cancer in those who consume carrot reduces greatly, especially lung cancer. In the study conducted, it was discovered that increasing beta-carotene consumption from 1.7 to 2.7 milligrams per day reduced lung cancer risk by more than 40 percent. The average carrot contains about three milligrams of beta-carotene.In a separate study, researchers found that eating fiber-rich carrots reduces the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 per-cents. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not. Further research into the application of both carrots and beta-carotene in relation to other forms of cancer is on-going.

Macular Degeneration

This is a common eye disease that affects the elderly mostly. The function of the macular is impaired. Research has found that people who ate the most amount of beta-carotene had a 40 per-cents lower risk of macular degeneration compared with those who consumed the least. Beta-carotene can also split itself via an enzymatic reaction to form pro-vitamin A, which is often associated with antioxidant capacity in relation to vision. Therefore, carrots are an all-around vision booster.

Eyesight Enhancer

Carrot is widely known to play a vital role in enhancing the sight because it is rich in vitamin A. Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness from developing as we age. Oral Health: The organic compounds in carrot are good for mineral antioxidants, but carrots also stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva. Saliva is an alkaline substance and combats the bacteria and foreign bodies that can often result in cavities, halitosis, and other oral health risks.

Stroke

because of its anti hypertensive and anti-cholesterol properties, carrot is also believed to help reduce stroke.Diabetes: Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.

Carrots have antiseptic qualities and can, therefore, be used as laxatives, germicides and as a remedy for liver conditions. Carrot oil is good for dry skin because it makes the skin softer, smoother and firmer. Furthermore, carrot juice improves stomach and gastrointestinal health.And it may be surprising to know that eating of carrots regularly can cause an increase in your skin brightness, and as carrots are nutritionally helpful to the body, why don’t you make it a habit to eat at least some a day and see the good result for yourself.

 

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