The juicy carrot is one of the most liked vegetable by millions of people all over the world. It serves as a crunchy addition to salads and is also a healthy choice for snacking. Besides its natural sweetness, delicious taste and revitalizing ability, the vegetable contains very important nutrients that are important for various organs such as eyes, skin, teeth and digestive system.
The vegetable derived its name from Greek word, “karoton”, where kar means horn shaped. The substance called beta-carotene found in carrot has actually been derived from the word karoton.
Here are some of its amazing benefits:
Effective for teeth and gum health
When you take a bite of a juicy carrot it not only provides you with its sweet taste but it also helps in maintaining your oral health. The food particles and plaque is scraped off with the help of these crunchy carrots. When we chew a raw carrot, it stimulates our gums and triggers the production of saliva that is alkaline in nature, this balance out the acid formation and also reduces the growth of bacteria causing cavity. There are some important minerals found in carrot that helps to protect against tooth decay.
Carrots prevent cancer
Carrots contain pesticide falcarinol. It lowers likelihood of development of cancerous tumors and lung cancer. Some research confirms that consumption of foods rich in fiber lowers risk of colon cancer development by 24 %. Concentrated carrot juice is used to prevent development of breast cancer as well as treat it.
Good for the cardiovascular system
Several studies demonstrated that diet high in carotenoids (beta-carotine) is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because carrots’ soluble fibers are binding bile acids (LDL – so called “bad cholesterol”) and also increasing the HDL which helps in reducing blood clots and heart diseases.
At the same time, the carrot’s potassium helps to balance the high levels of sodium associated with hypertension and keeps blood pressure under control.
Carrots are high in carotenoids, most notably beta-carotene. Our bodies convert this into Vitamin A which is crucial in helping maintain good eye health and vision. Yes, carrots really do help your eyesight but it’s a lack of Vitamin A that causes your eyesight to deteriorate. It’s transformed into rhodopsin which helps with night vision.
Promotes gentle cleansing
Carrots are a natural diuretic that promotes detoxification to speed up the flushing out of toxins, which has a positive effect on the skin and helps fatty build-up in the arteries get broken down and cleared out.
And as a natural anti-inflammatory and richly alkaline veggie, carrots help calm our overstressed immune systems and promote the right pH balance in the body.
Like other vibrant fruits and vegetables, carrots are rich in antioxidants such as alpha- and beta-carotene, vitamin C, cyanidins and lutein. Different varieties of carrots carry differing amounts of specific antioxidants. Orange carrots are rich in beta-carotene, yellow carrots contain more lutein, and red and purple carrots have higher levels of anthocyanins.