The Surprising Health Benefits of Carrots: 5 Reasons You Should Eat Them More

We all love this versatile vegetable whether it be raw, roasted or even in cake! Carrots have been around for long time - they were first grown around 900AD in Afghanistan and are now a staple root vegetable in the UK but their multitude of benefits are frequently overlooked.

From enhancing skin health to reducing cholesterol, carrots are certainly no common vegetable and we're delving into their top 5 health benefits!

Here are five reasons you should eat carrots more:

1. Carrots improve skin quality.

Carrots are a fantastic way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, which has been shown in studies to improve overall skin appearance because vitamin C is required for collagen production.

So when you eat more carrots, you're effectively providing more elasticity and strength to your skin!

It doesn't stop there. As vitamin C is an antioxidant it neutralises free radicals that cause wrinkles, blemishes and sagging skin. This means that the abundance of vitamin C within carrots means that this vegetable protects your skin from free radical damage!

If you're looking to for another way to get to get your daily dose of Vitamin C then our Marine Collagen / Vitamin C Plus supplement is the perfect choice! 

But getting back to carrots, we can't fail to mention beta-carotene. This is the red-orange pigment (carotenoid) in carrots but what is truly magical about beta-carotene is that your body converts it into vitamin A!

Vitamin A is another antioxidant that protects your skin from sun damage, reduces wrinkles, repairs skin tissues and improves the elasticity in skin. Just one small carrot provides around 300% of your daily requirement of Vitamin A!

Plus, in the same way beta-carotene gives carrots their colour, they also give your skin a healthy and bright glow!

2. They improve your eyesight - no really!

The notion that carrots improve eyesight and vision stems from a myth, but that doesn't mean it's incorrect.

Remember how we explained that the beta-carotene within carrots is processed by our body into Vitamin A? Well this also impacts our eyesight!

Vitamin A aids the health of our cornea (the clear outermost layer at the front of the eye). Did you know that the cornea can soften and disappear if the body is severely deficient in Vitamin A for a long period? Yikes!

Even night vision has shown to be improved by Vitamin A. It helps the eye to convert light into a signal which can then be transmitted to the brain, permitting you to see better in low light. Rhodopsin, the photopigment that allows your eyes to see in the dark, is also derived from Vitamin A.

Lutein is another antioxidant that belongs to the carotenoid group. It helps reduce the risk and eases symptoms of age-related macular degeneration - an eye disease where central vision gradually blurs - which is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK!

Yellow carrots contain the most lutein so grab those when you're on your next grocery trip!

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3. Fights Inflammation.

While carrots come in a variety of hues - red, yellow, orange, purple and white, out of all the colours, purple carrots are the most abundant in the compound, anthocyanin.

Anthocyanin is a carotenoid that serves as an antioxidant and is found in many plants. This chemical, in addition to combating radicals, has been shown to relieve inflammation in the body.

Another nutritious formula that contains anthocyanin is our Acai Berry Complex. This helps to reduce inflammation as well as improve memory and brain health!

It's imperative to fight inflammation because chronic inflammation can develop into a severe illness such as heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis or dementia.

So by eating carrots, you're not only reducing inflammation but also helping to prevent diseases in the long-term!

4. Lowers your risk of getting cancer.

Eating carrots regularly can help prevent many diseases such as cancer due to the high amount of antioxidants in them.

As we explained earlier, carrots are known to have powerful antioxidants, the two primary types being carotenoids and anthocyanins. Antioxidants have been found in studies to fight off harmful free radicals in the body and to protect cell membranes from damage, lowering your risk for developing cancer.

Their vitamins and phytochemicals (nutritious compounds produced by plants) can also protect against cancers in the stomach, breast, mouth and oesophagus!

Carrots can particularly protect against cervical cancer according to research, because they have antioxidants that could fight HPV (human papilloma virus), the main cause of cervical cancer.

There's no doubt, carrots are a powerhouse of health for our bodies!

5. Supports heart health.

To start with, the antioxidants that carrots are brimming with reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases because they not only lower the accumulation of plaques but also enhance blood flow in the arteries.

Carrots contain a good source of potassium which can keep your blood pressure low as the potassium helps to relax your blood vessels. This helps to prevent high blood pressure and also cardiovascular problems.

Carrots are also high in soluble fibre, which has been found to lower cholesterol levels. In fact, consuming about 100g of carrots daily for three weeks can decrease blood cholesterol levels!

Remember when we learnt that carrots convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A? Well this also has benefits for your LDL cholesterol levels. This is usually referred to as the 'bad' cholesterol because a high amount in your blood can build up in the blood vessels, increasing the the likelihood of heart disease, strokes and heart attacks.

In particular, high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) can cause atherosclerosis which is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to the accumulation of plaque in the artery lining. This is a particularly common disease, being the no.1 cause of death worldwide.

Remarkably, carrots can reduce the amount of LDL in your bloodstream due to the way our bodies convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A!

Did we mention that the fibre in carrots also helps you to feel fuller for a longer time? So it's great vegetable to eat if you're looking to lose a little weight!

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A carrot a day, keeps the illnesses at bay.

If you thought carrots were just a common vegetable, think again. Carrots are one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables and they can do wonders for your skin quality, eyesight, inflammation levels and cancer risk! 

You don't need to eat an entire carrot at one time either - just adding this nutrient-rich vegetable in the form of powder can provide all these benefits! In fact, our Super Greens, Nutrient Dense Blend contains not just carrot powder but also betacarotene! We hope you'll appreciate carrots a little more after learning all of the incredible benefits they can provide for our health!

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