[Via Real Food for Life]
Forget about Vitamin A pills. Carrots provide Vitamin A and many other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti- aging. Read how to get maximum benefits from this amazing vegetable...
Health Benefits of Carrots
1. Improved Vision
Western culture’s 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.
The high levels beta-carotene act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
4. Health 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 prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone.
5. A Powerful Antiseptic
Known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
See all 10 Benefits of Carrots plus Facts and Recipes:
Vegetable Smoothie Recipe: Apple / Carrot / Avocado
5 Min Raw Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe (Vegan & Gluten-free)