Wednesday, 22 August 2012

BENEFITS OF CARROT

This amazing orange-coloured vegetable has got numerous health benefits.

What healthy constituents does carrot contain?
It is rich in Vit. A. Also contains ascorbic acid, Vit. B1, Vit. B2, Vit. B6, folacin, potassium, calcium, iron and Vit. K.

What are its benefits?
1.Good for eyes: Vit. A component of carrot makes it good for eyes. Carrots contain beta-carotene that is converted to Vit. A in body, which is then converted to rhodopsin in retina. This rhodopsin is necessary for night vision.
Carrots also protect against macular degeneration due to presence of lutein and zeaxanthin.

2.Prevent Cancer: It may help prevent a wide range of cancers- lung, mouth, stomach, throat, breast. This property is due to presence of substance called falcarinol in carrots.
Falcarinol is soluble in water and some of it is lost during boiling, but boiling makes the carrot more digestible, thus making more of falcarinol bioavailable.

3.Lowers risk of heart disease: Beta-carotene. an antioxidant, prevents free radical damage to the body, thus preventing heart disease. Also, fiber in carrots helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

4.Improve Digestive Problems: It helps in variety of digestive problems such as peptic ulcer, gastritis, diarrhoea.

5.It also reduces the risk of stroke ( as per Harvard University, people who ate more than 6 carrots a week are much less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate 1 carrot a month or more).

6.Carrots for Skin: Vit. C helps in making skin elastic, prevent wrinkles as it promotes collagen production in body. Drinking carrot juice keep the skin hydrated, soft and supple and applying it helps reduce blemishes.

7.Carrots for Hair: Vit. A in carrots helps prevent from dryness of hair as it helps the scalp to produce sebum. Vit. C in them helps improve scalp circulation. Also, carrots contain Vit. B that prevent hair loss.

8.Carrots for Teeth: It help combat plaque and tartar and clean them naturally.

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