Root Of The Week: Carrotsby Sherese Ijewere on April 17, 2012
Carrots are an edible root vegetable. It gains high respect in Western and African countries as it has been regarded for its outstanding nutritional and medicinal values. Carrot offers an excellent source of beta-carotene. Many studies have shown that carrots provide us the highest amount of beta-carotene among the list of vegetables we always consume every day.
In our body, beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which assists in improving our eyesight and the functioning of our immune system, strengthening our bones and teeth, along with preventing possible problems with the functioning of the thyroid gland. Vitamin A also has positive effects on our hair, nails and skin.
Vitamin A is associated with good cleansing effects: it can clean our liver from fat and other unnecessary elements. However, for receiving maximum results for the liver, it is necessary to drink carrot juice on a regular basis. Vitamin A is essential for healthy cell growth, strong immune system and protection against macular degeneration and aging. Carrots also contain vitamin B, C, D, E and K, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, aluminum, sodium, manganese, iron, copper and a lot of other minerals. Carrots contain great amounts of nicotine acid, which is important for metabolism of fats and lipids. The vegetable is a great source of natural magnesium, which assists in decreasing bad cholesterol levels in the body, helps to relieve spasms and strengthen our blood vessels. A study conducted in the U.S states that an 8-ounce glass of carrot juice per day have been seen as a successful cure among the patients who are terminally ill with cancer.
Carrots like other foods contain natural glucose which may give rise to the blood sugar. However, if carrots are consumed in an appropriate amount they won't elevate to an extreme blood sugar rise among people with blood sugar problems (both diabetic and hypoglycemic). Your body handles itself with natural occurring sugars found in carrot juice.
A Few Natural Remedies With Carrot Juice:
- Carrot Juice + Spinach Juice - can help to refresh your mind, calm down and improve your sleep. Also has good cleansing properties and can relieve symptoms of constipation.
- Carrot Juice + Beet Root Juice - weight loss and boosts the immune system.
- Carrot Juice + Cucumber Juice - refreshing to the body and helps with weight loss.
Drinking carrot juice is extremely beneficial for pregnant women and young children. Vitamins A and E are very important for normal development of the fetus. Since carrot juice has good amounts of natural sugar, the majority of children like drinking it. For your little one, you can mix carrot juice with some orange juice or a little of lime juice, and your child will receive a healthy dose of all useful microelements and nutrients, as well as have a better appetite and lower risks of having a cold or a flu. Always remember that two glasses of fresh carrot juice a day can substantially improve the overall health of you and all the members of your family.
Health Benefits of Carrots
- Vitamin A in carrots contributes to healthy vision, maintains the mucus membranes, and prevents aging, cancer and chronic diseases. In ancient Germany, women ate raw carrots to look young and control age spots. This is because beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that counteracts the effects of sun damage. Carrot juice benefits dry and rough skin.
- Carrots are good for the health of spleen and stomach. It is also believed to improve impotence, sexual dysfunction, night blindness, strengthening kidney and eliminating excessive wind and cold in our body.
- Carrots are rich in alkaline elements, which purify and revitalize the blood. They balance the acid alkaline ratio in the body.
- Potassium in carrots helps to balance the high levels of sodium associated with hypertension, and keeps blood pressure under control.
- The high soluble fiber content reduces cholesterol by binding LDL, the bad cholesterol. Moreover, carrots increase HDL, the good cholesterol, and thus prevent blood clots and heart diseases.
With Nigeria's richness of soil, our carrots are deliciously sweet whether juiced or eaten in its raw form.