Carrots have phytonutrients that are called polyacetylenes and include falcarindiol and falcarinol. These phytonutrients have been found to prevent cancer cells from growing and are especially effective for fighting colon cancer. They also protect against breast and lung cancer. Falcarinol is a naturally occurring pesticide in carrots and have been found to cut cancer risks by one-third in lab animals.
Beta-carotene contributes to slowing down cell aging and works as a natural anti-aging supplement. Antioxidants and vitamin A work together to protect skin from sun exposure and damage. Skin, nails and hair become dry when vitamin A is lacking in the body. Vitamin A aids against acne, blemishes, early wrinkling and skin discoloration. Carrots can be used directly on the skin for a lovely glow by grating carrots for facemask recipes.
Those who consume carrots, or have diets that have high intake of carotenoids, significantly lower the risk of heart disease. Carotenoids in carrots include lutein and alpha-carotene. Incorporating carrots in a diet lowers levels of cholesterol since the fibers in carrots latch onto bile acids.
Carrot is a natural detoxifier due to its high vitamin A content that stimulates the liver in removing harmful toxins. Build up of fat and bile in liver is eliminated through regular vitamin A intake. High fiber content in carrots flushes out the colon and speeds up bowel movements.
Carrots act as a cleanser for the mouth and teeth. They have been found to get rid of food particles and remove plaque with similar effects to brushing teeth.
Orange carrots have the highest content of beta-carotene, followed by yellow carrots. Purple and red carrots are valuable since they have the compound anthocyanin. Human bodies cardiovascular systems benefit greatly from antioxidants since they help to protect against damage from antioxidants.
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