Carrots are more than a tasty addition to soups, salads and juices. They are also good for your body’s overall health, especially that of the skin, eyes, digestive system and teeth!
The carrot(Daucus carota subsp.sativus) is a root vegetable, usually orange in colour, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. It has a crisp texture when fresh. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the root, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well and it is known to contain some essential nutrients.
For the benefit of those who avoid carrot because it’s hard, We have put together 5 health benefits you are missing by avoiding carrots.
1. Helps prevent cancer – A variety of dietary carrot have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body. Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene which is contained in carrots may play a protective role against prostate cancer. Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression
2. 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.
3. Improves vision – A deficiency that causes the outer segments of the eye’s photo receptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.
4. Digestion – Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion. Eating carrots regularly may help prevent gastric ulcers and other digestive disorders.
5. Slows down aging – The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.
There are plenty more 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!