By jharmon on April 24th, 2010
Rabbits love carrots. Maybe we should, too. Why? Because carrots offer plenty of goodness for our well being.
- Vision: This is what carrots are commonly known for, helping with eyesight. And how is this? It’s all that Vitamin A in carrots. But don’t be fooled. Carrots won’t suddenly give you perfect vision. What carrots, and Vitamin A, can best help with concerning vision is difficult vision at night. So, if you have a hard time seeing at night, give carrots a try. Also, studies show carrots help to reduce the chances of cataracts.
- Obesity: Yep, carrots can help in the battle of the bulge. Carrots contain plenty of fiber, which helps the bowels to work better and aids in passing food through the body. Less food, less weight. Simple.
- Lower cholesterol: Carrots also contain a good quantity of soluble fiber calcium pectate, which binds with bile acids in the body to draw cholesterol out of the blood stream. This cholesterol then passes out of the body.
- High blood pressure: Sodium is a bad thing when it comes to high blood pressure. For one thing, all that sodium helps to hold fluid in the body and that is one element that raises blood pressure. What’s good for combating sodium? Potassium. And what has a good amount of potassium? Carrots, of course. The potassium in carrots helps to level out the sodium in the body, and the fiber in the carrots helps to pass some of that sodium on out of the body. Thus, carrots help with high blood pressure.
- Clean teeth: Yes, these orange vegetables even help to clean your teeth, and are a great way to keep your mouth clean after a meal. Minerals in carrots help to kill germs in the mouth and to clean away tooth decay. So, if you can’t brush, at least chomp into a carrot.
- Anti-oxidant: Carrots contain tons of beta-carotene, which works as an anti-oxidant that helps the body to combat cell damage done to the body by impurities in the bloodstream and the like such as chemicals or even oxygen. However, as always, check with your doctor about the benefits you could receive from various foods because over-indulging in any food (even carrots) might not be what your body needs.
- Diarrhea: All that fiber in carrots can also help to ease a trouble digestive system, including the stomach and intestines, and can help to slow or halt the growth of bacteria in the stomach. Generally carrots served in a liquid form, juice or soup, serve best for purposes of dealing with diarrhea.
- Cancer: This one is somewhat debatable. Some studies have suggested the beta-carotene in carrots helps to reduce the chances of cancer, specifically lung cancer. But some other studies suggest high intake of beta-carotene can actually increase the chances of cancer. Who is right? Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Perhaps a little beta-carotene is good for you, but maybe a lot of it isn’t so good. Again, check with your physician.
- Blood sugar levels: The carotenoid found in carrots affects the level of insulin resistance in the body, thus naturally helping to control blood sugar levels.
- Headaches: If you’re suffering from a headache, give carrot juice a try. Supposedly carrot juice helps the body send blood to the brain, which will help to ease the pain of headaches.
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