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Ah the good old carrot! Orange, vibrant, tasty and slightly but not too much sweet, the carrot also boasts great benefits for your health.
You can take it in a bag to work or play, cut or grate it into salad, add it to most dishes, make a healthy juice and even bake it.
It Upgrades any dish with its sweet taste and gives you plenty of vitamins and minerals.
But how much do you really know about carrots?
Here’s some carrot info…
The health of your eyes
Almost everyone knows that carrots help keep eyes healthy. But how? Well carrots contain a huge amount of vitamin A, also known as ‘retinol’.
Vitamin A is essential for normal vision, and its deficiency can cause night blindness.
Strengthening the immune system
Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining the immune function, the integrity of the skin and epithelial cells (cells lining the organs of the body), which are essential for the proper development of certain organs in the fetus and normal growth.
Recent studies have found that vitamin A is essential for learning and memory also.
The antioxidants that prevent aging
Carrots contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent heart disease and ageing, helps normal functioning of the immune system, prevents cancer and promotes skin health.
The fibre in carrots contribute to regulating the digestive system and slowing down the absorption of substances from foods like sugar and cholesterol.
Facial Skin Glow
Carrots slow the ageing of skin cells, are useful for treating wounds, acne and pigmentation. Forget the cosmetologist, eating carrots, drinking its juice and applying carrot to the face can give you radiant and smooth skin.
Try to make a face mask: Mix grated carrots with honey, lemon and olive oil and apply on the face. Cheap, tasty and simple.
Clean toxins from the body
Vitamin A helps the liver remove toxins from the body and reduces the level of fat in the liver that is converted.
Carrot fibers help to clean the intestines and expedite the removal of toxins from the body.
A medium carrot has only 40 calories, 0.9 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbohydrates.
Effective for teeth and gums
Gnawing on raw carrots which are hard will help keep your mouth clean. Carrots, like a brush with toothpaste clean and removes harmful plaque and food particles stuck between the teeth.
During the chewing of raw carrots your mouth will secrete a lot of saliva which helps regulate the acid base balance in the mouth and will not let the bacteria multiply.
Studies show that eating carrots reduces the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
Scientists have discovered a special ingredient - Falkarinol, which may have anticancer properties. Falkarinol is a natural pesticide substance secreted by the carrot, to whose roots are not harmed by fungi.
Carrots are probably the only product that contains the component. The researchers found that in mice, the chances of developing a tumor decreases by one third if they regularly consume carrots.
Carrots have a considerable amount of potassium, a mineral which among other things is required for proper attention and proper functioning of nerves and muscles.
If you have a lack of potassium in your body, it is advisable to eat foods daily that contain potassium, such as carrots.
Enhancing the absorption of vitamins from a carrot
There are two conditions in which to absorb vitamins and minerals better into the body from carrots: First, cooking but not for too long (al dente), and second, adding oil.
In both cases this will improve the absorption of important minerals and vitamins in carrots.