If you eat your carrots you will be able to see in the dark, as your mother used to say.
Well, it just so happens it may be true.
Carrot Health Benefits
Carotenoid compounds play an essential role in human health, preventing disease thanks to their antioxidant capacity, but also as vitamin A precursors. As humans cannot synthesize carotenoids, they have to be provided by a plant-based diet. Carrot is one of the most important vegetables in the world, and a critical source of carotenoids as a large amount is accumulated in root tissues. (2)
The total carotenoids content in the edible portion of carrot roots ranges from 6,000 to 54,800 μg/100 g. Carotenoids have been linked with the enhancement of immune system and the decreased risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration and cataract formation (5)
The health benefits of eating fiber-rich diet are immense including prevention of constipation, regulation of blood sugar, protection against heart diseases, reducing high levels of and prevention of certain forms of cancers. Carrots are very high in dietary fibers and these fibers play an important role in human health and diets rich in dietary fibers are associated with the prevention, reduction, and treatment of some diseases such as diverticular and coronary heart diseases. (9)
Carotenoids have been linked with the enhancement of immune system and decreased risk of degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, age related macular degeneration and cataract formation. (7) In one study a significant decrease of cholesterol level in liver was observed together with a reduction of the level of liver triglycerides. Fecal total steroids excretion increased by 30% upon feeding the carrot diet as compared to the control. The secretion of bile acids was maintained, whereas the cholesterol apparent absorption was reduced in rats fed carrot diet. Carrot consumption also improved the antioxidant status. (8)
Lutein is one of the most prevalent carotenoids in nature and in the human diet. Together with zeaxanthin, it is highly concentrated as a macular pigment in the retina of primates, buffering blue light exposure, providing protection from photo-oxidation and enhancing visual performance. (1)
Carrot extract exerted antisecretory, gastroprotective, and in vitro antacid potential. Also, significant inhibition of the development of ulcers induced by physical and chemical agents was shown. These activities could be attributed due to the presence of glycosides, phenolics, tannins, alkaloids, and flavonoids, all of which are anti-inflammatory. (3)
In traditional medicine, carrots (Daucus carota) have been used as treatments for leukemia and other cancers throughout history  and have previously been studied in other contexts as potential sources of anticancer agents. It has also been studied in conjunction with beetroot juice for use against Leukaemia. (4)
One study validated the traditional use as an ethnomedicine against nephrosis of the kidneys. Being a source of rich carotenoid, polyphenolic and polyacetylene constituents in carrot, the principle mechanism to elucidate the nephroprotective potentiality was possibly attributed due to its antioxidant and cellular anti-inflammatory properties. (6)
You know that a dripping tap can eventually rot the floor and cause a complete kitchen to collapse. I guess the same rule applies to our health. If we change one chocolate bar or muffin into one raw carrot a day, can you imagine the difference in our health? During your detox diet, it’s these new habits we are trying to form.
People often report a new sense of clarity and peace, seeing and hearing better, even sharper thinking.
With all the benefits of combined healing foods like carrot, you can see why.
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