Posted on February 8, 2018
Carrots are one of the most popular, versatile vegetables in the world. Whether they are eaten raw, cooked or drink as juice, people from nearly every culture have consumed carrots in their many forms throughout history.
While carrots are known for their signature orange colour, they actually come in a variety of colours. They can be found in shades of purple, yellow, white and red, most often in the United States at local farmer’s market.
Carrots have a wealth of valuable nutrition and when you make juice from them, you can get a concentrated dose of their healing power. From balancing blood sugar, improving blood health, relieving congestion, fighting inflammation and cleansing the kidneys to protecting eyesight, brain function and fighting Leukemia, carrot juice benefits can help nearly every part of your body.
Research reveals that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Here are some ways carrots might be healthful.
Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects, due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.
Studies have found a possible link between diets rich in carotenoids and a lower risk of prostate cancer. However, more evidence is needed to confirm whether the link is causal.
Lung cancer: Carrots contain beta-carotene. Past studies have concluded that beta-carotene supplementation may reduce the risk of lung cancer.
A meta-analysis published in 2008 found that people with a high intake of a variety of carotenoids had a 21 per cent lower risk of lung cancer, after adjusting for smoking, compared with those who did not.
The same pattern was not true for any individual carotenoid, such as beta-carotenoid. Among smokers, beta-carotene supplementation may increase the risk of lung cancer.
Colorectal cancer: Consuming more beta-carotene may reduce the risk of colon cancer, according to researchers who studied 893 people in Japan.
Leukemia: A 2011 study found that carrot juice extract could kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression.
Vision: Can carrots help you see in the dark? In a way, yes. Carrots contain vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to xerophthalmia, a progressive eye disease that can damage normal vision and result in night blindness, or the inability to see in low light or darkness.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a lack of Vitamin A is one of the main preventable causes of blindness in children.
Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States (US), but eating carrots contributes to Vitamin A intake and helps prevent a deficiency. So, in a way, carrots do help you see in the dark. However, most people are unlikely to experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots, unless they already lack Vitamin A.