Can A Carrot A Day Keep The Doctor Away?

The carrot: That funny-looking, bright orange veggie that most mothers tell their children to eat so that they won't need glasses. While this funky food can definitely help to improve our vision, it also offers so much more! From combating cancer, to detoxing the liver, the carrot is a pretty powerful medicine for a wide range of health concerns!

Research has found that the anti-parasitic properties of raw carrots may help to detox the body

Carrots are high in a special fiber which has the ability to latch onto excess hormones and nasty toxins within the body and flush them out through our stool. The fiber of raw carrots may also help to rid the gut of endotoxins, or "bad" bacteria. Bad bacteria, parasites, and pathogens in the gut can lead to a number of problems, such as liver toxicity and hormone imbalances.

Because carrots are technically a root vegetable that grows within the earth, they also harvest antimicrobials like fungicides and bacteriostats. When we eat a carrot, these compounds cleanse our bowels of bacteria and parasites.  

Carrots have powerful anti-carcinogenic properties

Carrots naturally contain the compounds falcarinol and luteolin, both of which have been widely studied for their ability to inhibit tumor growth and lower the risk of developing cancer. Luteolin is especially effective as an anti-carcinogenic, as it has been found to be more effective in binding to estrogen receptors (an action which prevents the growth and production of breast cancer cells) than the well-known breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen. Carrots are also abundant in chlorogenic acid, which can combat cancer by improving our body's immune responses.

Beta-Carotene

Carrots have their vibrant orange color thanks to a plant compound called beta-carotene. This compound is also responsible for the carrot's infamous legacy as a vegetable that improves vision. This is because once ingested, beta-carotene may be converted into vitamin A for our bodies to use in a number of ways. One of those ways is when our retina transforms the vitamin A into something called rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is crucial to our eyes' ability to see in dim lighting and darkness.

Beta-carotene may also prevent macular degeneration (vision loss), promote clear skin, prevent cell aging, and act as a powerful antioxidant which targets and kills cancer-causing free radicals.

In case you're not yet convinced, here's just a few more reasons to fit carrots into your day, everyday:

  • They may lower inflammation and support thyroid function.
  • They are rich in vitamins A, C, K, and B8.
  • They are a good source of pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Their potassium content is very effective in helping to lower blood pressure!
  • They can aid in digestion and improve the absorption of nutrients in the body.
  • They are rich in cartenoids, which have been found to prevent kidney stones, and reduce cholesterol in the arteries.
  • Carrot juice can draw heavy metals out of the fatty tissues within our bodies so that they may be expelled.
  • Carrot juice molecules are very similar to human blood molecules, so they have the ability to build the blood and help to restore iron in those suffering from anemia.

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