Every health conscious individual should eat carrots as often as possible. We are saying this not only because they taste good, but also because they provide a huge dose of many essential nutrients.
Carrots are especially high in vitamin A, and are a good source of vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6, biotin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and organic sodium. This root vegetable also contains phytonutrients like lutein, lycopene, anti-oxidants alpha, beta and gamma carotenes, xanthophyll, and zeaxanthin. There is no need for you to know these fancy names, but you must remember that phytonutrients can help prevent (and treat) various diseases.
Depending on their variety, carrots can be as short as two inches or as long as three feet, with a diameter of between half an inch to more than two inches. In addition to orange, this amazing veggie also comes in a variety of other colors like white, red, yellow, and purple.
Moreover, it is also good to know that the greens/tops of carrots are edible. They are rich in potassium, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, and protein.
Health Benefits of Carrots
Only a glass of fresh carrot juice will do much more for your health than many bottles of supplement tablets. Here are just some of the health problems that can be helped with regular consumption of carrot juice:
Liver – The high beta-carotene content of carrot juice protects the liver from the negative effects of environmental toxins and chemicals. In addition to this, this magic juice also helps the liver to remove the already accumulated toxins.
Anemia – The molecules of carrots are closest to human’s hemoglobin molecules, which makes them very beneficial in blood-building.
Atherosclerosis – The cleansing power of carrot juice scrubs away even the old build-up of arterial deposits, which greatly reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
Asthma – The powerful antioxidants found in carrots help protect the respiratory system from infections and free-radical attacks.
Cholesterol – Carrots contain high amounts of pectin, a fiber that can help reduce the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Constipation – Drink a combination of five parts of carrot juice and one part of spinach juice daily to ease chronic constipation problems.
Eyesight – Beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are powerful phytonutrients that can keep your eyesight in perfect condition. Regular consumption of carrot juice is especially protective against astigmatism, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Inflammation – The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of carrots can help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
Immune System – Fresh carrot juice provides a significant boost to your immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistance for many types of infections.
Pregnancy – Regular consumption of carrot juice during pregnancy, and especially during the last few months, will significantly reduce the chances of jaundice in baby.
Nursing Mothers – The high amounts of vitamins and minerals in carrot juice can improve both the quality and quantity of a mother’s breast milk.
Threadworms – Drinking a small cup of carrot juice each morning for a period of 7 days may help clear up thread worms in children.
Skin Problems – The high levels of vitamin C and other nutrients in carrot juice help nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Water Retention – Carrot juice is a diuretic that helps remove excess fluids from the body, thus reducing water retention. This can be especially helpful for women during their monthly menstruation cycle.
Kidney Health – Drinking 1-2 glasses of carrot juice daily also helps detoxify the kidneys.
Cancer – Some recent studies even suggest that people who eat just one carrot per day are less likely to develop cancer.
Carrots that are shorter than 6 inches tend to be sweeter. So, choose the shorter variety if you like to enjoy it sweet or the longer one if you want it less sweet.
It is very important to remember that the highest concentration of nutrients is located just under the skin so try not to peel off the skin. To properly clean a carrot, just use a vegetable brush to brush the skin.