Carrots are for health and beauty!

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Carrot, the crunchy orange superfood, along with giving you vitamin A, C, B6, Pottassium and K, also provides a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention and anti-aging!.

Here’s why you should include it in your diet:

Good for vision:
Remember your mom telling you “Eat carrots” they are“Good for your eyes”!? .There is indeed great truth in this!. 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. The carotenoid Lutein found in carrots helps ward off vision loss, helps to prevent macular degeneration, lowers risk for cataracts, strengthens eye-tissue and promotes normal vision.

Helps prevent cancer
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. 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 rats.

Prevents heart disease
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also other carotenoids like alpha-carotene. Alpha-carotene has powerful antioxidant properties that remove destructive free radicals from the body before they cause the tissue damage that can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

Slows down aging:
The high level of beta-carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slowing down the aging of cells.

Healthier glowing skin:
Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone. Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey for a simple refreshing face mask!

Helps prevent infection:
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts—shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

Cleanses the body: Carrots are another food rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver.Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. The fiber present in carrots helps clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

Protects teeth and gums:
It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which, being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

Prevents stroke:
From all the above benefits it’s no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate five or more carrots a week were less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

Read about it herehttp://www.rd.com/health/wellness/benefits-of-carrots/

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