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10 Benefits of Carrots: The Crunchy Powerfood

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10 Benefits of Carrots: The Crunchy Powerfood

Forget about vitamin A pills. With this orange crunchy powerfood, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Read how to get maximum benefits from this amazing vegetable.

Benefits of Carrots

1.† Improved Vision
Western cultureís† understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is 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. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

2.† Cancer Prevention
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered 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 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.

3.† Anti-Aging
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.

4.† Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside)
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. 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.

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.

9.† Healthy Teeth and Gums
Itís all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off 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.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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3:20AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thanks for very useful article

1:44PM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

I enjoy eating carrots raw so good to know that:" The nutrition in carrots are tightly encased in protein sacs that have to be broken by heat (cooking) or mechanical action (... proper chewing)!"

7:44PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks.

7:59PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thanks

9:54AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

What a wonderful veggie! I knew bunnies had the right idea. As the old saying goes, "did you ever see a rabbit wearing glasses?"! :0)

3:34AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

thanks a lot :)

4:53AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Carrots are great. Good, crunchy way to satisfy that need and get good nutrition to boot.

1:01AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

3 circular links back to Care2, 1 link to realfoodforlife, which is a commercial trash site selling "classes", and 1 link to a virtual museum that adds zilch to the credibility of this farce.

Big raspberry!

WARNING: If you have cancer, carrots are not the medication you seek.

1:28AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

good post

6:37PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Wow, this is great! Thanks!

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