04 Apr BENEFITS OF CARROTS
Carrots Daucus Carota are root vegetables and one of the most widely used vegetables in the world, owing to the fact that they grow relatively easily and are great for a variety of dishes, pastries, juices, cultural cuisines, intercontinental meals and yes, skin therapy. These all year round vegetables were first grown in Asia and they come in orange, purple, white, yellow and red colors.
Carrots provide health benefits among improving the skin, boosting the immune system, improving digestion, detoxifying the body, protecting against some cancer due to their antioxidant power, reducing cholesterol, lowering risk of heart attacks, improving vision due to their Vitamin A content, reducing signs of premature aging, etc. They are rich in a well formed influx of vitamins and minerals.
These Bugs Bunny favorite are often used in detox and juice therapy. In fact, they were initially grown as medicine for treating a variety of ailments. The part of the carrot that is widely used is the taproot; although the greens are still beneficial and healthy but commonly used in salads and other forms.
CARROTS NUTRITION FACTS
Carrots are a good source of antioxidants  and can be attributed to their beta-carotene and fiber content. They are rich in vitamin A, C, K, and B8, as well as pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of chopped carrots, containing 128 grams (g) of carrot, provides:
- 52 calories
- 12.26 grams (g) of carbohydrate
- 3 g of sugars
- 1.19 g of protein
- 0.31 g of fat
- 3.6 g of fiber
- 1069 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A
- 7.6 vitamin C
- 42 mg of calcium
- 0.38 mg of iron
- 15 mg of magnesium
- 45 mg of phosphorus
- 410 mg of potassium
- 88 mg of sodium
- 0.31 mg of zinc
- 24 mcg of folate
- 16.9 mcg of vitamin K
One cup of chopped carrots provides more than 100 percent of an average adult male or female’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARROTS
PREVENT HEART DISEASES
Regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, as high cholesterol is a major factor causing heart diseases, it is a wise good idea to consume a healthy daily portion of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related issues. study conducted at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Italy found that those who ate more carrots had a 1/3rd risk  of heart attack as compared with those who ate fewer carrots.
BOOSTS DIGESTION AND IMMUNITY
Carrots, like most vegetables, contain valuable amounts of dietary fiber in their roots, and fiber is one of the most important elements in maintaining good digestive health. Fiber enables smooth passing of stool through the digestive tract, thereby reducing constipation and protecting the colon and stomach from various serious illnesses, including colorectal cancer.
Fiber also boosts heart health by helping eliminate excess LDL cholesterol from the walls of arteries and blood vessels. It’s rich source of Vitamin A stimulates the activity of white blood cells which is one of the important elements in the human immune system.
A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects, due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.
According to MedicalNews, “Studies have found a possible link between diets rich in carotenoids and a lower risk of prostate cancer, but more evidence is needed to confirm whether the link is causal. A meta-analysis published in 2008 found that people with a high intake of a variety of carotenoids had a 21 percent lower risk of lung cancer, after adjusting for smoking, compared with those who did not.
Also, Organic Facts stated that, researchers in a study, found that eating fiber-rich carrots reduced the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 percent. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not.
IMPROVE ORAL HEALTH
Carrots contain good  mineral antioxidants which helps to stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva.
Carrot oil is good for dry skin because it makes the skin softer, smoother, and firmer. Furthermore, carrot juice improves stomach and gastrointestinal health.
Due to it’s Vitamin C properties, when used on the skin it helps get rid of blemishes and scars, prevents wrinkles, pigmentation and an uneven skin tone; repairs skin tissues and acts as a natural sun block.
With to it’s richness in potassium drinking carrot juice can keep your skin hydrated leading to a healthy glowing skin.
Carrots also lower blood pressure, reduce mascular degeneration, reduce the risk of stroke, control diabetes, among other amazing benefits!
According to Medical News, Over consumption of vitamin A can be toxic to humans. It may cause a slight orange tinge in skin color, but this not harmful to health.
People who are taking medications derived from vitamin A, such as isotretinoin (Roaccutane) for acne or acitretin for psoriasis, should avoid eating large amounts of carrots, as they could lead tohypervitaminosis A, an overdose of vitamin A.
Anyone who is starting a new medication should check with their doctor about any recommended dietary changes.
Thus, do you have a carrot garden? How often do you consume carrots?