Author: Christopher Roberts
July 4th, 2018 • 3 min read
Last Updated: August 12th, 2018
Inspiration of the article:
Carrots aren't really popular when it comes to trendy, healthy blog posts in the media. That's probably because of the natural sugar content inside them--but the health benefits they provide are incredibly useful. These benefits range from preventing memory loss--to lowering cholesterol.
Here are the health benefits that carrots offer:
Carrots contain a lot of soluble fiber, which make them really pleasing to keeping your heart healthier. In addition this also keeps your blood sugar levels in check. And when your blood sugar levels are in check, it promotes weight loss as they are closely linked to weight gain,
The bioflavonoids and alphacarotene in carrots are associated with lowering the risk of cancer, especially lung cancer. A paper released by scientists highlight some advanced derivatives of flavenoids, which play an important role against cancer (1).
Carrots won’t be able to cure vision problems that already preexisted, but they can help shield against sight problems caused by deficiency of vitamin A. "The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A" says Hans Fisher, a professor of nutritional biochemistry from Rutgers University, and that’s important to keep the eyes healthy.
Carrots preventing cataracts and macular degeneration leads to preventing night blindness, which keeps your eyes from adjusting to the dark. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive (especially during night hours) or see the expression on a person's face (1).
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According to a Netherlands study, Middle-aged participants who ate the least number of root vegetables showed more than a whopping three times in cognitive decline as those who ate the most. Researchers concluded that the beta-carotene in vegetables (especially from carrots) had guarded the central nervous system from aging. A 20 year old Harvard study determined that when men consumed supplements in 50mg of beta-carotene every other day, cognitive decay was postponed for the corresponding amount of 1 to 1.5 years compared to those who allured a placebo.
Carrots contain a powerful antioxidant associated with the risk of lowering diabetes, called beta-carotene. In one study, the people with the highest amount of beta-carotene in their blood had approximately 30 percent lower levels in insulin than those with lower levels in beta-carotene.
Carrots also contain several other varieties of crucial nutrients like calcium (96 milligrams per 1 cup serving) and vitamin C (approximately 5mg per 1 cup serving).
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Many people share one thing in common: they (understandably) don’t get enough calcium, so even though carrots barely contain vitamin C, “every little bit helps,” Fisher speaks.
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