The truth about carrots

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Since the year of dot, we’ve been told that carrots are good for our eyes. And it’s one of the few tales that still remains correct. The vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in our liver once eaten, and then goes on to transform into rhodopsin in our retina, a pigment essential for night vision. So our mothers were right. And their mothers too.

But there’s more to carrots than just meets the eye. Excuse the pun. And here are just some of the health benefits we can thank the orange root vegetable for.

It promotes healthy skin

And this is always a bonus. Vitamin A and the antioxidants in carrots help protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A can cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails so carrots can help prevent dry skin, acne, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.

They slow down aging

That beta-carotene in carrots does wonders because it also acts as an antioxidant for cell damage done to you body so it helps slow down the aging of your cells.

Can lower the risk of heart disease

Studies have shown that high levels of carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease and carrots have tons of them – alpha-carotene, lutein and beta-carotene.

Protects teeth and gums

Eating carrots help clean our mouths an teeth. They help scrape off plaque and food particles just like a toothbrush. They also stimulate the gums and contain minerals that prevent tooth damage.

Raw carrot, anyone?