The Health Benefits of Carrots

Today I wanted to share with you some of the health benefits of carrots.  I must say that I don’t eat enough carrots, but after doing research for this post I intend to eat carrots more often since they do have many benefits.IMG_20140301_150952_548

Before I get to the health benefits of carrots I wanted to share some fun facts about carrots I found interesting from looking around online.  Kind of interesting and I love learning new things everyday.

  • Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes.
  • The biggest carrot recorded was more than 19 pounds and the longest recorded was over 19 feet.  Check out the pictures here, World Record Carrots
  • There are over 100 species of carrots.  They come in a wide variety of colors including: the typical orange, but also come in colors of purple, white, yellow and red.
  • English women in the 1600’s often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers.
  • The average American eats 12 pounds of carrots a year.

Now for some of the health benefits of carrots.  Thanks goes to the website www.care2.com for the information below.

  1. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver.  Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.  Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts.  A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed small amounts.
  2. Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.  Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.
  3. The high level of beta-carotene in carrot acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  Carrots help slows down the aging of cells.
  4. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants which help protect the skin from sun damage.  Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails.  Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
  5. Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection.  They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
  6. Carrots are good for your skin and can be used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.  See the full recipe here:  Carrot Face Mask
  7. Studies show that diets high in carotenoids, such as those found in carrots, are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.  The regular consumption of carrots also helps reduce cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

As you can see there are many benefits associated with carrots.  I encourage you to pick some up the next time you are at the store.  I’m going to try the carrot face mask as soon as I can get to the store and buy some carrots. 🙂

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