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Powerful health benefits of carrots

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By Agatha Muhaise

Posted  Saturday, April 5   2014 at  23:07
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Forget about vitamin A pills. With carrots, you get vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. Read on for maximum benefits from this vegetable.

Improved vision
Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. 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 senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 per cent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.

Cancer prevention
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers discovered falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.

Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are one of the only common sources of this compound. A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.

Anti-aging
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.

Healthy glowing skin (from the inside)
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects 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.

Beautiful Skin (from the outside)
Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask. Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey. See the full recipe here: carrot face mask.

Cleanse the body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.