Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to “eat your carrots” by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, “Because they’re good for you!”
Your granny wasn’t kidding when she nagged you to eat carrots for healthy eyes.
While carrots are good for your eyes, they also promote healthy skin, delay ageing, and even prevent cancer. Initially used as medicine, carrots are commonly found in orange color. But they are also available in yellow, red, white, and purple hues.
Several studies show that certain properties in carrots help reduce the risk of lung, breast, and colon cancer. Carrot is rich in poly-acetylene antioxidant which fights against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumors.
Carrots are excellent for the eyes and they can help to improve your night vision. This is because they are packed with beta carotene which provides you with vitamin A. beta carotene also protects against eye problems.
- The beta-carotene in carrots is converted to vitamin A in the liver, which is then transformed in your retina, to rhodopsin — a pigment that improves night vision. Beta-carotene is also known to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.
- Carrots help slow down the ageing of cells and also work as an antioxidant.
- Want to improve the quality of your skin? The vitamin A present in carrots protects your skin from sun damage and even prevents premature pigmentation, wrinkling, dry skin, acne and uneven skin tone.
- You can also use boiled or mashed carrots on cuts and bruises to prevent infection.
- Carrots are beneficial for your teeth and mouth as they scrape off plaque and food particles like a toothbrush or toothpaste.
- Carrots contain calcium which is vital for the growth and development of bones in children and women.
- Carrots are a good source of fiber which helps in regularizing bowel movements and aids digestion.
- Carrots are high in carotenoids which regulate blood sugar.
- Carrots are helpful during pregnancy as they aid in the proper development of the fetus and reduce the risk of fetal infections and miscarriage.
- Carrots contain alkaline elements which purify and revitalize the blood as well as balance the acid alkaline ratio in the body.
- One small cup of carrot juice in the morning taken daily for a week may help clear thread worms in children.
- Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant.
The nutrients in carrots can improve the health of your eyes, skin, hair, nails and more through helping to detoxify your system and build new cells! As there are plenty of reasons to enjoy these crunchy, sweet root vegetables, so reserve a spot in your garden plot for planting some, or pop down to the local market to pick up a bunch!