10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Eating Carrots

10 Reasons to Eat More Carrots
Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily, and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines.

Carrots are scientifically classified as Daucus carota, and it is categorized as a root vegetable. It is typically orange in color, but purple, white, yellow, and red carrots are out there, just not as common.

The taproot of the carrot is the part of the vegetable most commonly eaten, although the greens are still beneficial in salads and other forms.

Carrots are more than a tasty addition to soups, salads and juices. They are also good for your body’s overall health, especially that of the skin, eyes, digestive system and teeth!

So if the sweet flavor isn’t enough, enjoy these 10 reasons to eat more carrots:

1. Beta carotene: Carrots are a rich source of this powerful antioxidant, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin.

2. Digestion: Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion. Eating carrots regularly may help prevent gastric ulcers and other digestive disorders.

3. Alkaline elements: Carrots are rich in alkaline elements, which purify and revitalize the blood while balancing the acid/alkaline ratio of the body.

4. Potassium: Carrots are a good source of potassium, which can help maintain healthy sodium levels in the body, thereby helping to reduce elevated blood pressure levels.

5. Dental Health: Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and help prevent tooth decay.

6. Wounds: Raw or grated carrots can be used to help heal wounds, cuts and inflammation.

7. Phyto-nutrients: Among the many beneficial phyto-chemicals that carrots contain is a phyto-nutrient called falcarinol, which may reduce the risk of colon cancer and help promote overall colon health.

8. Carotenoids: Carrots are rich in carotenoids, which our bodies can use to help regulate blood sugar.

9.  Fiber: Carrots are high in soluble fiber, which may reduce cholesterol by binding the LDL form (the kind we don’t want) and increasing the HDL form (the kind our body needs) to help reduce blood clots and prevent heart disease.

10. Eyes, hair, nails and more! The nutrients in carrots can improve the health of your eyes, skin, hair, nails and more through helping to detoxify your system and build new cells!
There are plenty more reasons to enjoy these crunchy, sweet root vegetables, so reserve a spot in your garden plot for planting some, or pop down to the local market to pick up a bunch!


See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:

Carrots (Daucus carota), Fresh, raw,
Nutrition value per 100 g. Total-ORAC value 666 umol TE/100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 41 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.58 g 7%
Protein 0.93 g 1.5%
Total Fat 0.24 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g 7%
Vitamins

Folates 19 µg 5%
Niacin 0.983 mg 6%
Pantothenic acid 0.273 mg 5.5%
Pyridoxine 0.138 mg 10%
Riboflavin 0.058 mg 4%
Thiamin 0.066 mg 6%
Vitamin A 16706 IU 557%
Vitamin C 5.9 mg 10%
Vitamin K 13.2 µg 11%
Electrolytes

Sodium 69 mg 4.5%
Potassium 320 mg 6.5%
Minerals

Calcium 33 mg 3%
Copper 0.045 mg 5%
Iron 0.30 mg 4%
Magnesium 12 mg 3%
Manganese 0.143 mg 6%
Phosphorus 35 mg 5%
Selenium 0.1 µg <1%
Zinc 0.24 mg 2%
Phyto-nutrients

Carotene-α 3427 µg --
Carotene-ß 8285 µg --
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg --
Lutein-zeaxanthin 256 µg --


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