Crunch up with Carrots
This crunchy powerfood has many health benefits which includes improved eyesight because of the beta-carotene and vitamin A. Also, the beta-carotene has anti-aging affects which creates beautiful skin.
Why carrots are good for you:
- Vitamin A – one cup provides 428% of the recommended daily allowance. (the body converts the beta carotene present in carrots to vitamin A)
- Fiber: one cup of carrots provide 4 grams of fiber. Recommended daily allowance is 20 to 35 grams
- It has an Glycemic index of 3 out of 100. It therefore will have little effect on the blood sugar.
- Some other micronutrients include:
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Benefits of carrots
1. Heart disease
Carrots reduce cholesterol levels. A study carried out at Wolfson Gastrointestinal Laboratory in Edinburgh, Scotland found that 7 oz of carrots eaten daily for three weeks the level of the bad cholesterol is reduced by 11%
Another study at Sweden discovered that root vegetables assist in the reduction of heart attacks.
2. Improves eyesight
Due to its high content of vitamin A it improves the eyesight and it assist vision in dim light. So it’s true what my grandparents used to say: Eat your carrots because rabbits do not wear glasses 😉
Studies have found that a carrot a day reduces the changes of a stroke and the positive effect they have on the brain. Also people with high levels of beta carotene have a better chance of survival.
4. Prevent cancer.
British scientists have found that increased beta carotene assists with lung cancer.
Fibre reduces the risk of colon cancer by 24%
A study found that women who ate carrots were 5 to 8 times less likely to develop breast cancer.
Due to their low Glycemic index they assist with diabetes and sugar regulation
6. Macular disease
This disease affects the maluca in elderly people. Research has found that those that eat beta carotene have a 40% chance of contracting this disease
Interesting article here:
UK NATIONAL HEALTH – CARROTS AND LETTUCE LINKED TO SPERM COUNT
I found a great carrot recipe HERE
Carrots in skin care
The presence Beta carotene and vitamin A helps to keep your skin alive. It maintains the elasticity of the skin which happens to sag at one point or the other. It keeps the skin firmer and more radiant due to its anti-aging properties.
Some homemade skin care recipes.
Warning: Test the recipe first. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic them. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
- For carrot skin masks you need raw carrots and lemon juice. Grate the carrot and add some lemon juice and apply this mixture on your face and neck.
- You can do the same with cooked carrots by blending them and adding 5 tbsps of honey or yogurt. Apply it and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
- By mixing pineapple and carrot juice you can make a fine blend for glowing skin. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it and pat it dry.
- Carrot juice if applied on blemishes regularly helps them to fade away.