Remember the saying from your parents “eat your carrots if you want good eyesight”, well they might have been on to something. Studies have shown the vitamin A along with beta-carotene can improve eyesight – which carrot has an abundance of! (Webb, 2017). You’ll also maintain a healthy brain thanks to a plant compound found in carrots called luteolin, which potentially reduces age-related inflammation in the brain
Some other benefits you can get from carrots are - reduced risk of cancer, lower blood cholesterol, weight loss, boost immunity, help with digestion and even reduce the risk of stroke (Kannall, 2017). Let us look at a few of these in detail…
Cardiovascular-related health issues are minimized as they effectively reduce your cholesterol levels. A 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 (Organic Facts, 2018).
They possess significant amounts of dietary fiber, which is the cornerstone of good digestive health. It also assists with weight loss as it makes you feel full! You may even see an improvement in your oral health! The organic compounds in carrots work as great mineral antioxidants to help stimulate the gums and combat bacteria.
Carrots are great for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in them. Carotenoids lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetics live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a healthy fluctuation in diabetics. (Bjarnadottir, 2015).
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Kannall, E. (2017, Oct 03). What Is the Nutritional Value of Carrots? Retrieved from Live Strong: https://www.livestrong.com/article/309308-are-carrots-a-good-diet-food/
Organic Facts. (2018, Jan 24). 10 Impressive Benefits Of Carrots. Retrieved from Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html
Webb, D. (2017, May 24). Do Carrots Really Improve Eyesight? Retrieved from Berkeley Wellness: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/nutrition/article/do-carrots-really-improve-eyesight