Carrots are well known for their effect on improving vision. However, this is not its only property. It also promotes heart health, fights cancer and prevents aging.
It is a great source of minerals (potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iodine and calcium), vitamins (A, B3, E and K) and folate and carotenoids, according to cocinafacil.com.mx.
Supports eye health
Beta-carotene present in carrots acts as an antioxidant compound. It is converted into vitamin A (retinol), contributing to the proper functioning of the retina. Its deficiency can cause with xerophthalmia – a disease that is characterized by dryness of the connective membrane, as well as the opacity of the cornea.
Invigorates the mind
Due to the high content of potassium and phosphorus carrot restores the nervous system and becomes the perfect food for the vigor of the mind.
Good for the skin
Vitamins A, b and C, together with such nutrients as flavonoids, contribute to easier healing of wounds (in case of external injuries) and maintain healthy skin. This is due to the fact that alpha and beta-carotenes contained in carrots are antioxidants.
They help to fight free radicals, reduce inflammation in case of injury and accelerate healing of damaged skin. In addition, vitamin E helps to keep it smooth and supple.
Carrot is one of valuable products with the highest anticancer activity. This is due to the high content of carotenoids – substances which not only give it the orange color, but also can prevent various types of cancer.
Supports the digestive system
Being a vegetable with high water content, carrot is a good source of fiber. Also it is scientifically proven that it is capable of increasing the production of saliva and gastric juice, which intervene in the process of digestion. This helps prevent heartburn and ulcer formation, supporting the intestinal flora in a healthy condition.
In addition, carrot in raw form is effective in combating constipation, but diarrhea it good to eat cooked, because then binding components are amplified.
People who suffer from anorexia or another eating disorder, but trying to deal with it, it is recommended to consume carrots, since it stimulates the appetite.
Strengthens nails and hair
Being rich in beta-carotene, carrots strengthens hair and nails.
The antioxidants it contains, help to prevent the signs of aging, including wrinkles, making the skin elastic.
Supports heart health
Frequent consumption of carrots has a positive impact on heart health as it protects the arteries from the appearance of plaques, impeding healthy blood flow.