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Carrots

carrots CarrotsCarrots are widely known for helping eye health. What is not so widely known is they fight cancer and many other diseases as well. Carrots even help your skin. Carrots are nutrient rich and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Carrots derive their name due to their high carotene complex – one large raw carrot provides approximately 13,500 IUs of pro-vitamin A beta carotene. And there vitamin C and folate levels aiding mouth health, respiratory health and nearly all other health measures. Carrots also have good fiber content and retain 30 times their weight in water, making them a good natural appetite suppressant. There simply is no reason not to munch on one a day.

Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables because they are easy to grow throughout the year in many climates, they can be eaten in a variety of ways, and they are incredibly delicious.

Carrots are part of the umbelliferous family, including celery, parsnips, caraway, fennel, dill and chervil.

Carrots Fight Cancer

A study published in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that falcarinol, a natural phytonutrient in carrots, can reduce the risk of cancer by a third. Falcarinol helps to protect carrots from fungal infections and defend itself against harmful pests.

Carrots also contain another natural antioxidant supplement called alpha-carotene. A study conducted in Bethesda, MD concluded that men who consume high amounts of alpha carotene have a lower incidence of lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute believes a carrot a day can reduce the risk of lung cancer by as much as  50%. Smokers take note.

Vibrant Eyes

We all know carrots help keep eyesight strong. That is because it is packed full of beta carotene. Beta Carotene gives the carrot its name and orange color. The body converts it to vitamin A, which is the vitamin most essential for vision.

The vitamin A forms a purple pigment called rhodopsin. This is needed for the eye to see in dim light. Rhodopsin production is spurred by vitamin A, raising the effectiveness of the light-sensitive area of the retina. Not getting enough vitamin A can actually lead to night blindness, as well as an overall reduction in vision health.

Smooth and Glowing Skin

Carrots are less well known for their positive effect on the skin. The PH balancing effect protects against acne and aging. In fact, carrots can actually help to clear up skin problems, and keep the skin smooth and glowing. Adding carrot juice to skin care products is becoming increasingly popular.

Prevent Disease

In addition to fighting cancer, the beta-carotene in carrots has been shown to prevent conditions such as heart disease, and macular degeneration.


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  2. [...] Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. A substance called falcarinol that is found in carrots has been found to reduce the risk of cancer, according to researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS). Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department, explained that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots. [...]

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