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Friday, February 17, 2012

How Carrots Can Improve Your Eyesight!

Scientifically named Daucus carota, carrots are the second in most grown vegetable crop after potatoes.  Carrots have many health benefits to our health, especially to our eyes. By eating carrots regularly as part of your diet, you can ensure to stay healthy and minimizing your risks to get fatal diseases.

Carrots are grown in nearly all seasons, especially in mountain areas where the temperature is cold and moist. There are many species of carrots, with more than 100 species with different sizes and colors. Carrot is a convenient and versatile vegetable because you can have many types of carrot dishes and drinks without much to prepare. Carrots can be cooked first, juicing it, or simply consumed it raw (don’t forget to wash it thoroughly first!).

This crunchy vegetable is high in vitamins nutrient content that boosts your energy, helping you to lose weight, and giving you good health. Carrots are a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, K, and minerals such as biotin, thiamine, potassium, calcium, and manganese.

The high nutrient content of carrot can give you many health benefits such as;

  • Lowering and preventing from getting various types of cancer such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
  • Lowering and preventing you from fatal coronary heart diseases by lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Reducing the risks of strokes.
  • Nourishing your skin with its vitamins and minerals.
  • Make your skin younger with its anti – aging properties and anti – oxidants.
  • Maintaining your dental health with its natural abrasive properties and kills germs in your mouth.
  • Reducing the risks of diabetes as carotenoids regulate your blood sugar and inversely affect insulin resistance in digesting the blood sugar.

Apart from it, the key nutrient that set carrots apart from other vegetables are the high content of vitamin A, in the form of beta – carotene, which is more than 200% of the recommended daily allowance in your daily diet. According to, beta – carotene is converted into vitamin A in your liver where it is transported into your retina, to be converted into rhodopsin, a purple pigment essential for night vision. As vitamin A is needed to your eye retina, adequate amount of this vitamin can prevent you from getting night blindness, macular degeneration (common in elders), cataracts, and improving your eyesight.

There are many health benefits in carrots. Consuming carrots regularly can prevent you from getting weight related illness such as diabetes, stroke, and heart attack, as well as providing you vitamins and nutrients for your optimal health, especially for your eyes


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