From eyes to heart, the health secrets of carrot
Carrots are one of the most delicious and nutritious winter vegetables. Being tasty and healthy make it most favourite root vegetable. Usually orange in colour, it is available in black, white, red, yellow varieties. Let us see the nutritious importance of carrot.
Carrot is enriched with natural pigment beta carotene, dietary fibre (both soluble and insoluble), minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium. Beta carotene is used for the production of Vitamin A, which in turn boosts eye health. So never miss carrot from every day diet. Especially for children of growing age.
Raw carrots daily address the problem of constipation. Dietary fibre is the key in this. High fibre content make carrot an unavoidable part to weight loss diet as well. Both types of dietary fibre resist digestion and help one feel full, naturally decreasing hunger and food intake and thus keep weight and body fat down.
Insoluble fibre is not directly related to heart health, but soluble fibre is. The latter helps in keeping bad cholesterol low, and keep blood vessels clean. In addition, Potassium content helps relax the tension in your blood vessels and keep blood pressure study. So eat carrots for a healthier heart.
Apart from the beta carotene, Lutein and Lycopene, the high silicon content of the root can promote healthy skin and nails. Antioxidants such as vitamins B6 and K, potassium, phosphorous, etc. contribute to bone health, stronger nervous system and help to improve brain power. The antioxidants support immune system by guarding the body against harmful bacteria, viruses and inflammation.