Carrots contain large amounts of Beta carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the liver. Carrots also contain vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, lutein, biotin, vitamin K potassium, B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium and fibre.
So how do these vitamins and minerals help you?
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to reduce cell damage. It help slows down the aging of cells.
HEART – Carrots improve cardiovascular health by helping to prevent stroke, by reducing inflammation and lowering serum cholesterol
VISION – Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts, and to protect eyesight.
CANCER – Anti oxidants in carrots reduce the risk of some types of cancer, including breast, stomach, colon, bladder, cervical, and lung cancer.
DIGESTION – Carrots improve liver function, promote secretion of bile, and help to prevent gallstones, as well as expelling intestinal parasites and inhibiting Candida albicans.
SKIN – Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, and pigmentation.
OTHER – Carrots helps to prevent Diabetes Mellitus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma and prevent Respiratory Tract Infections.
HOW TO EAT CARROTS
Cooked carrots have higher levels of beta carotene than raw carrots.
Cooking the carrots in fat or oils, or pureeing or juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600 percent.