Carrots have long been synonymous with healthy and strong eyesight. While a robust vision is one of the prominent health benefits of eating carrots regularly, there is a lot more to this brightly colored vegetable than meets the eye. Team HTV has selected five of the most prominent and widely researched upon benefits of this vegetable. Are you ready to find out why carrots should become your new favorite vegetable? Let’s get started right away!
Of course, one of the most widely publicized benefits of carrots is the role they play in maintaining and strengthening your eyesight. Beta-carotene, when consumed, is converted into Vitamin A by the liver. Vitamin A is especially valuable for your vision because it revitalizes and fortifies the functioning of the eye muscle. Carrots are chock full of beta-carotene, so they are well equipped to protect your eyes from diseases such as cataracts, night-blindness and age-related macular degeneration.
Healthy, Glowing Skin
Who needs store-bought skin remedies when carrots can give you the same benefits completely free of unanticipated side-effects? The high percentage of anti-oxidant compounds coupled with ample Vitamin A enables this vegetable to protect the skin from sun damage. The skin remains fresh, healthy and hydrated. Vitamin A is especially effective at preventing skin dryness. Other benefits include prevention of acne, premature wrinkling, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.
In fact, you can even make a healthy carrot based face mask at home. The recipe and directions for the mask are as follows: steam and mash one carrot, add one tablespoon of honey, add one tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of one lemon. Mix all the ingredients until you get a paste-like mixture. Apply it to your face, use the mixture to massage your skin gently for a few minutes, and then leave it on for 5 minutes. Simply wash your face after 5 minutes have passed.
Research studies have linked regular consumption of carrots to a reduced risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer. Falcarinol and falcarindiol are the two compounds that researchers have identified as being key anti-cancer agents.
Powerful Antiseptic Properties
Experts in herbal medicine have endorsed the use of carrots to prevent infections from entering the body. The natural compounds in carrots work naturally to ward off infections if applied to cuts and minor wounds. To take advantage of this benefit, you can shred raw carrots or boil and mash them, and then apply them to the affected area.
Healthy Gums and Teeth
All of us have tried to worm our way out of trips to the dentist’s clinic, isn’t that right? But here’s the good news: with a regular intake of carrots you may not have to visit the dentist very often. Crunching on a raw carrot is akin to brushing your teeth. Carrots effectively remove plaque deposits and food particles, and also prevent tooth damage.
You must have realized just how powerful this simple vegetable can be as far as your health is concerned. Eating a well-balanced meal is essential to staying healthy, fit and strong, so make a conscious effort to include carrots in your daily vegetable portions. Do you have any quick and easy carrot recipes to share with the HTV community? Comment below with your contributions!