Nutritional Benefits of Carrots
Our health is in risk due to some environmental changes. We need protection against any health and aesthetic problems. But, like magic, all of these health and aesthetic problems could disappear with the help of a very ordinary and inexpensive vegetable: the carrot.
Carrots had varying degrees of success during its early stages of use as part of human diets. It is an orange root vegetable scientifically labeled Daucus Carota. The domesticated carrots that we know of today are thought to have first appeared from Europe and Southwestern Asia. It is a biennial plant that builds up its taproot which stores large amount of sugar for the plant to bloom and form seeds in the second year.
From the outset, carrot was considered to be one of the primary vegetables that become a subject of culinary creativity and a versatile ingredient for various dishes all over the world. Through the years, the versatile root has been popular not only because of its numerous uses in the kitchen but also with the number of health benefits one can derive from these wonder root.
The discovery of carrot’s additional benefit over the past few decades has led to greater and wider appreciation not only as a wonder food but also as a wonder drug. Ever since the late 1980’s, carrot products were already drawing initial popularity in many supermarkets such as carrot cakes and carrot puddings. Carrot juice is also widely marketed as one of the most effective health drink.
As a general profile, carrots are a rich source of antioxidant, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, phytochemicals, glutathione, calcium, potassium as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E which are also considered antioxidant that protect and nourish our skin. Vitamin E has been identified not only as an aid in preventing heart disease but in decreasing asthma symptoms as well. Carrots also contain an excellent form of calcium which have been credited for significant protection and strengthens our bones and teeth.
The carrot inherits its characteristic and its orange color from beta carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A in human when bile salts, a greenish liquid secreted by the liver that aids in the digestion of fats, are present in the intestines. It is indeed, overwhelming to know that a mere 100 grams of carrots can give around 11,000 milligrams of Vitamin A. Vision can be improved and restored by adding this vegetable into the diet because of its Vitamin A content.
Recent laboratory studies reveal that eating fruits and vegetables with a lot of pigment like carrots help make people more attractive. In reference to the reports written in the Grocer Magazine, researcher nutritionist from St. Andrews and Bristol universities identified that people with a yellow skin hue were observed to be more healthy and attractive. The study visibly displayed that it took only two months of regular carrot consumption to experience desirable result.
Carrots are also helpful for breastfeeding woman because of its ability to enhance the quality of breast milk. When it is taken regularly, it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It also enhances the appearance and growth of hair and nails. Raw carrots can be eaten in variety of way and its beta -carotene content can help prevent cancer.
Carrot juice helps prevent bodily infection and is proven to help the small endocrine glands to function properly. It can help increase menstrual flow among menstruating woman and revealed to promote optimum colon health because of its high fiber content.
Obesity, poisoning of blood, gum disease, insomnia, gallbladder and kidney infections, colitis, ulcer, urinary tract infection and other diseases could be prevented or even cure with the help of this orange root better than a chemical drugs.
So, there you have it. Life can go back to normal with the magical help of carrot- the wonder root!