Carrots are a treasure house of nutrients. The vegetable cum fruit contains rich vitamins and minerals, besides other valuable nutrients. No other vegetable or fruit contains as much carotene as carrots. Our body converts the carotene to vitamin A. Carrots are also an excellent source of vitamins B and C. Besides, they contain calcium pectate, a fibre that helps in reducing cholesterol.
Carrots are eaten in different forms
While 3% of the carotene is released when carrots are eaten raw, it increases to 39% when cooked or pulped. Carrots are used differently in different countries. In India, they are commonly used as salads or in rice or dhal preparations. The most prominent preparation is the carrot halwa, a desert prepared using grated carrot cooked in milk. Grated carrots are used to make carrot cakes and puddings. The sweetness of the carrot, allows it to be used in preparation of juices and jams. Carrot juice is also widely marketed either stand-alone or blended with fruits and other vegetables.
Carrots can be used as prevention against different ailments
A study done in Netherlands reports that foods with deeper shades of orange and yellow, are the most protective against cardiovascular disease; and carrots were found to be the most prominent member of this dark orange/yellow food category. Carrot juice is effective in the treatment of stomach and gastrointestinal problems. Carrot juice, combined with spinach and a little lemon juice, is very effective in the treatment of constipation. The juice cleanses the bowels, although the effect is not felt immediately. In a period of two months after taking the juice, bowels start emptying regularly.
Carrots can boost male fertility, improve sperm quality
A research by Harvard University School of Public Health claims that carrots improve fertility in men by boosting sperm quality. Carotenoids found in carrots supply our body, health boosting antioxidants like Vitamin A, which in turn help to maintain healthy sperm. Researchers have discovered that carrots have a great impact on the ability of sperm to swim towards an egg.
Carrot is helpful in fighting obesity, poisoning of the blood, gum disease, insomnia, inflamed kidney, liver, gallbladder, Alzheimer’s disease, colitis, ulcer and painful urination.
Other benefits include enhancing the quality of mother’s milk, improving the appearance of skin, hair and nails. Carrot soup has been found as an effective natural remedy for diarrhea. The soup supplies fluid to combat dehydration.
Make it a point to include carrot as a part of your daily diet; prevent health problems and enhance your wellness.