Just Like Apples, You Need Carrots Every Day Too
Written by: Brandi Monasco
“You want to have good eyesight till 60, right? Eat your carrots!”
All of us have had this advice thrown at us at some point or another in our life. Grandmothers don’t get tired naming the benefits of eating carrots and mothers stand their ground, forcing children to eat them.
So what is the fuss about? Are carrots really that healthy for you?
You might be surprised, but in the olden days, this tale holds true. Not only for your eyes, carrots have also shown to have nutritional benefits for many parts of our body. Today, we set out to highlight the important benefits in an attempt to explain the ways in which carrots are amazing for your health.
It’s true; carrots do improve your eyesight. The orange goodies are loaded with vitamin A, the vitamin which is used by our eyes to see in color and dim light. It does improve your vision and prevents diseases like night blindness.
Also, other diseases that cause damage to our retina – the photo screen of our eye – are fought off by the chemicals in the vegetable called beta carotenes. These get rid of damaging by-products to boost your overall vision. Research claims a 40% lower risk of macular degeneration, which emphasizes the significance of carrots for your eyes.
Besides just being great for your eyes, carrots are also of great help in promoting a healthy heart. There are a number of ways in which they help. High cholesterol is one of the major alarms that trigger heart attacks. Carrots decrease your cholesterol levels and therefore, reduce chances of these heart diseases.
Also, carrots are rich in a mineral called potassium which relaxes your blood vessels so that your blood pressure can be reduced and blood flow is made effective, factors that decrease the incidence of stroke and heart attacks by a mile.
Carrots have antibacterial properties that help boost your immune system, making your army of white blood cells stronger. They also contain loads of a vitamin called vitamin C. This, along with vitamin A, makes your skin stronger and helps your hair and nails shine, beautifying your outer self as well.
The beta carotene – useful chemicals in the carrot and huge amounts of dietary fiber packed in it – help to ward off constipation and improves your digestive health. At the same time, it also helps prevent cancers of the digestive system, protecting you from harmful conditions like colorectal cancer.
Carrots have widespread uses, which include many aspects of our basic health. Consuming some daily can help you stay healthy and promote a more wholesome lifestyle. Yes, the benefits cannot be experienced overnight, but eating an amount consistently are sure to do you the world of good. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away; taking into account all the mentioned benefits of carrots, it won’t be surprising if it’s carrots that are eaten daily too.
You can enjoy carrots as they are – they make a great snack, or you can cook them in stews, chop them up for salads, or even process them through a juicer. Let us know your favorite ways to enjoy carrots in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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