Carrots are a rich source of Beta Carotene which is a powerful antioxidant. It helps produce vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin. Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in the digestion. Eating carrots regularly helps prevent gastric ulcers and other digestive disorders. Carrots are rich in alkaline elements which help in purifying and revitalizing the blood while balancing the acid-alkaline ratio of the body.
Carrots are a good source of potassium, which can help maintain healthy sodium levels in the body, thereby helping to reduce elevated blood pressure levels. Also, Carrots kill harmful germs in the mouth and help to prevent the tooth decay. Do you know that raw or grated carrots can be used to heal wounds, cuts and inflammation? It heals the wounds and inflammation quickly; all that you need is to just cover the affected part with grated carrot. Carrots helps to prevent colon cancer because it contains Phytonutrients called falcarinol.
This humble root vegetable helps in regulating blood sugar. Carrots are also high in soluble fiber, which helps in reducing cholesterol by binding the LDL form (the bad cholesterol) and increasing the HDL form (the good one for our body) to help reduce blood clots and prevent heart disease.
Who doesn’t like shine in eyes, hair and nails? The nutrients in carrots can improve the health of your eyes, skin, hair, nails and more through helping to detoxify your system and build new cells. Yes, and there are millions of people out there, who have been benefited by consuming carrots regularly.
Carrot Juice: carrot juice is filling and low in calories, substituting this juice and ditching sodas and other sugary beverages can help anybody drop pounds faster. Carrot juice increases bile secretion, which can increase metabolism; the rate at which your body converts energy into food. Bile is a fluid that breaks down fat. According to scientific study conducted in 2006, an increase in bile flow revved up the metabolism and increased weight loss in lab rats. It could produce a similar outcome in humans.
Carrot salad: grated carrots sprinkled with little lemon juice, salt for taste, chopped coriander tastes really good.
What is the best way to eat carrots? Generally, we tend to think that vegetables, including carrots, should be eaten raw, or else they lose many vitamins. Beta-carotene is not a heat-sensitive nutrient, therefore, it is not destroyed with a short cooking time; actually, when this vegetable is cooked, the cell walls of the plant tissues soften, making it easier for our digestive system to assimilate this precious substance. Basically, if you cook it in a short cooking time, it increases the absorption of beta-carotene. Remember to not to cook the root too much. It should remain compacted and crunchy.
Another useful style to absorb even more beta-carotene is to season the carrots with fats such as oil, butter, or ghee. Fat increases the bioavailability of beta-carotene and it can triple your body’s ability to absorb it. Add carrots to your daily food intake because it is powerhouse of nutrition.
Warning: Don’t cook carrots and leave them at room temperature for more than 5-6 hours, because harmful substances can develop on them.