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20 Health Benefits of Carrots

1.Improves Eye Vision

Carrots contain the high levels of beta carotene, they really do help you see in the dark. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A by the liver which is then used by the body to create rhodopsin, a pigment necessary for night vision.

2. Reduces many types of cancer

Various studies have shown that eating carrots can help reduce the risk of developing lung, breast or colon cancer. This is believed to be due to that fact that carrots contain the natural pesticides falcarinol and falcarindol.

3. Acts as Antioxidant

Carrots contain high levels of beta carotene which acts as an antioxidant. This can help slow down aging of cells in the body and also protect the skin from sun damage, wrinkling, acne, drying out and uneven skin tone.

4. Used as Face Mask

Grated and mixed with honey carrots can be used as a face mask to improve skin health.

5. Lower Cholesterol levels

Regular consumption of carrots can help to lower cholesterol levels.

6. Reduces Risks of heart disease

Eating a diet that is high in carotenoids has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

7. Cleanse the body

Carrots help to cleanse the body in two ways: Vitamin A assists the body in flushing out toxins and reduces levels of bile and fat in the liver while the fibre helps to clean out the colon and speed up waste removal.

8. Keep teeth clean

Eating raw carrots can help keep your teeth clean and plaque free. Crunching the hard vegetable scrapes plaque and food particles from the teeth and stops them from causing bacteria build up and decay.

9. Prevent stroke

Research carried out at Harvard University found that people who ate more than six carrots a week where less likely to suffer a stroke.

10. Increases efficient blood flow

Carrots are a rich source of potassium which can help relax blood vessels and arteries. This increases blood flow around the body and boosts organ function. Because of this carrots can help in cases of high blood pressure which in turn lessens the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

11. Source of vitamin C

Carrots are a good source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and helps to boost the immune system.

12. Reduces risk of macular degeneration.

Consuming beta carotene is believed to lower the risk of macular degeneration by as much as 40%.

13. Combat harmful bacteria

Carrots stimulate the gums and the production of excess saliva. Saliva helps to combat the bacteria and trapped food particles that can lead to cavities, bad breath and other oral health problems.

14. Lowers blood sugar

The carotenoids present in carrots help to lower blood sugar and regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used by the body.

15. Stomach and gastrointestinal health.

Carrot juice is beneficial for stomach and gastrointestinal health.

16. Source of many nutritional value

Carrots are a rich source of vitamins B, C and E as well as vitamin A, copper, folic acid, thiamine and magnesium.

17. Promotes blood clotting

Carrots contain vitamin K which enables blood to be able to clot and contributes to bone strength and kidney health.

18. Structural Maintenance

Internal organs are surrounded by tissues known as epithelial tissues, which are susceptible to cancerous growths. Beta carotene helps to maintain good epithelial tissue health.

19. Can be eaten together with other varieties of food

Carrots can be enjoyed in a variety of recipes types so are an idea vegetable for restricted eaters as they are easily hidden in juices, cakes and purees or sauces.

20. Heal wounds

Raw grated carrot can be used to help heal wounds and cuts and reduce inflammation.

A bowl of delicious and nutritious carrot and corriander soup.

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