When it comes to eye health, carrots have long been known as the bees knees!
But did you know, they actually play an important part in ensuring long, luscious locks too?!
Among the common orange and red coloured vegetables, carrots contain the highest amount of beta-carotene, the important precursor for Vitamin A. Vitamin A nourishes the scalp which promotes healthy hair growth as well as helping your hair shine like the top of the Chrysler building! Beta-carotene is also an important antioxidant that helps slow the process of ageing. Furthermore, it also benefits skin by reducing the prevalence and severity of acne as well as the appearance of blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Carrots contain essential detoxifying properties making them important players in maintaining the health of our liver and other major organs. These detoxifying properties help cleanse the blood, allowing for more efficient nutrient transportation throughout our system.
Carrots, when consumed regularly, can help in the reduction of cholesterol levels as they bind with bile acids and are then eliminated in the stool.
Carrots can also improve dental health. When we crunch on carrots, we are helping the removal of resistant plaque on our teeth and gums. Furthermore, carrots help stimulate saliva production which, being alkaline, also helps to rid of any acidic residue bacteria.
It terms of gaining maximum nutrients, it is better to eat your carrots cooked than raw. The cooking process actually makes the beta-carotene more bioavailable, increasing the amount we are able to store.
So crack open some hummus or guacamole or bake some carrot chips. Lets aim for a carrot a day and reap the benefits!