Six health benefits of carrots

By Ritu Singh | Last Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 09:48

Zee Media Bureau/Ritu Singh

One of the world's healthiest foods is Carrot. Carrots are a great way to infuse good nutrition and flavor into your diet. With this powerfood, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits.

- Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver which is further converted to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

- Beta-carotene in carrot acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism thus it helps slow down the aging of cells.

- Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein which lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

- Studies show that carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. 

- Vitamin A and antioxidants in carrots protect the skin from harmful effects of sun rays. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

- Carrots also considerably reduce cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

 



First Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 23:08

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