Originally published April 10 2008
Carrots Cut Cancer Risk by a Third
by Sheryl Walters
(NaturalNews) Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables because they are easy to grow throughout the year in many climates, they can be eaten in a variety of ways, and they are incredibly delicious. This favorite superfood is one of the best vegetables for snacking and dipping, and their bright orange color adds extra vibrancy to any plate of food. A carrot is also a nutrient rich food that can improve our overall health and wellbeing.
Crunch on Carrots to Fight Cancer
A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that falcarinol, a natural phytonutrient in carrots, can reduce the risk of cancer by a third. Falcarinol helps to protect carrots from fungal infections and defend itself against harmful pests.
Dr. Kirsten Brandt from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who led the study, recommends that everyone eat at least one small carrot every day, together with other vegetables and fruits, to benefit from their health-giving properties.
Carrots also contain another natural antioxidant supplement called alpha-carotene. A study conducted in Bethesda, MD concluded that men who consume high amounts of alpha carotene have a lower incidence of lung cancer.
We all know that a rabbit's favorite food will keep our eyesight strong. That is because it is packed full of beta carotene. Beta Carotene gives the carrot its name and orange color. The body converts it to vitamin A, which is the vitamin most essential for 20-20 vision.
The vitamin A forms a purple pigment called rhodopsin. This is needed for the eye to see in dim light. Rhodopsin production is spurred by vitamin A, raising the effectiveness of the light-sensitive area of the retina. Not getting enough vitamin A can actually lead to night blindness, as well as an overall reduction in vision health.
Smooth and Glowing Skin
Carrots are less well known for their positive effect on the skin. The PH balancing effect protects against acne and aging. In fact, carrots can actually help to clear up skin problems, and keep the skin smooth and glowing. Adding carrot juice to skin care products is becoming increasingly popular.
In addition to fighting cancer, the beta-carotene in carrots has been shown to prevent conditions such as heart disease, and macular degeneration.
How Do You Eat Your Carrots?
Whether we decide to add them to a salad, dip them in hummus, or turn them into a fresh juice, eating carrots are a deliciously vital food for our health and wellbeing.
About the authorSheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.
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