6 Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the U.S. after potatoes, but somehow, their benefits seem to be underappreciated, as rarely are they referred to as a “superfood.” Yet, carrots have significant health benefits. Fortunately, they’re abundant, familiar, inexpensive, and versatile, whether you use them in salads or cooked dishes, or just snack on them raw. Here are a few benefits of making them part of your daily repertoire. Carrots are known to:
Improve digestion: Carrots are high in dietary fiber, a key component of good digestive health. Fiber protects the digestive organs from serious illnesses and improves heart health by helping eliminate LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from arteries.
Protect vision: Carrots have long been known to be beneficial for the eyes and eyesight. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is linked to night blindness. The retina of the eye absolutely needs vitamin A to function properly. beta-carotene also helps to protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Studies have shown that those with a beta-carotene rich diet were far less likely to develop macular degeneration
Boost dental health: Surprisingly, carrots are natural abrasives that help remove plaque from teeth and gums. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps prevent food from lodging in and on your teeth. The minerals contained in carrots also help to eliminate germs in the mouth that can lead to dental damage.
Nourish the skin: Carrots contain substances that cleanse the liver; that, along with the beta-carotene, make way for healthier skin. Carrot is also useful for treating uneven skin tones due to pigmentation. The high vitamin A content and other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants lead to a more glowing complexion and fewer blemishes.
Fight aging: Carrots’ high beta-carotene content, along with other antioxidants help fight free radicals that lead to breakdown and aging of cells.
Regulate blood sugar: Carotenoids are a substance in carrots that counteract insulin resistance normalize blood sugar. They’re a good food for those trying to improve diabetes or borderline high blood sugar, as they help stabilize insulin and glucose metabolization.
Aside from snacking on carrots or using them in your salads, explore VegKitchen’s Top 10 Carrot Recipes for tasty ideas.
Thanks to Organic Facts for this informative graphic: