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Natural wonder- carrot

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The colourful vegetable-carrot, no wonder is a gift of Nature. Enriched with numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibres, etc. carrot cannot be missed out from your diet. It contains natural sugars, which do not contribute to weight gain. Therefore, you can indulge in guilt-free eating. We have come up with the natural wonders of carrot over here. Have a look...

Improves vision and protects eyes from infection

The old saying, “eat carrots for sharp eyes” is definitely to be believed. It’s because carrot contains beta carotene, which gets converted to vitamin A; thereby improving your vision to a considerable extent.

Carrots prevent night blindness by enhancing formation of rhodopsin- the purple pigment necessary for night vision. Eating carrots regularly makes your eyes immune to eye infections and age related macular degeneration.

Carrots boost immunity of your body

The power packed combination of vitamins and minerals makes your body immune to a wide range of diseases and infections. The antioxidants and the fibres flush out free radicals from your body thereby making your body strong internally.

It also acts as an antiseptic and so you can apply some grated carrot over cuts and wounds.

The juice is a miracle for the skin

Carrot is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, iron and a wide range of antioxidants. All these ingredients protect your skin from cracking, formation of wrinkles, pigmentation, blemishes and premature aging. If you want a flawless radiant skin, then drink carrot juice regularly.

Carrots have anti-cancer properties

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Carrot contains poly-acetylene antioxidant falcarinol, which is considered as an anti-carcinogen (fight against cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells in the tumour) as per experimental studies. Therefore, carrots are believed to lessen risks of having breasts, prostate, lung, throat, stomach, intestine, and bladder cancer.

Insures health of the heart

Carrots essentially contain beta carotenoids and lutein which play a major role in preventing heart diseases, stroke and reducing LDL cholesterol levels.

Furthermore, they also contain healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium maintains a healthy heart rate and blood pressure by balancing sodium levels.

Carrots are blessed with vitamin K

Vitamin K is found in very limited variety of foods of which carrot is one. Vitamin K plays a significant role in clotting your blood. It also enhances health of bones, which in turn can reduce your risk of bone damage and bone disorders, like osteoporosis

Health of bones is also taken care of by other vitamins and minerals present in carrot.

Eases stomach problems

You can munch on it raw or have the juice to prevent or relieve yourself from stomach problems like GERD, peptic ulcers, colon inflammation, coeliac disease, diarrhea, etc. Being loaded with fibers, you can have carrot juice everyday to elimination constipation problems.

Promises healthy teeth and gum

The goodness of vitamin C and other minerals is pronounced on your teeth and gum. Chewing carrots stimulates secretion of saliva, which protects your mouth from disease causing bacteria.

You can have it any form- boiled, raw, or the juice. However, make sure to not cook the vegetable too much. So the best way to receive its nutritional benefits is to eat it raw.

Eat carrots and stay healthy!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015