The carrot is a root vegetable, and is actually a domesticated version of the daucus carota. Carrot is native is to Europe and Southwestern Asia. Carrot is commonly available in orange color, although purple, black, red and yellow cultivers do exist.
Carrot are a great source of vitamin A and remarkably beneficial in improving eyesight. 100 g of raw carrots provide you with a whopping 334% of vitamin A, higher than any other food source.
Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body, which is converted to rhodopsin in the retina, a pigment necessary for night vision.
Deficiency of vitamin A can result in macular degeneration and various age related diseases of the eye.
Eating carrots can provide relieve from heartburn. Carrots are a great source of fiber. Just a 100 g provides you with 11g. Fiber acts as a medium for stomach acid to act upon, lowering stomach acid levels and preventing heartburn.
Regular consumption of carrots can provide relief in people suffering from Gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD.
Being rich in Vitamin C, Carrots boost the immune system and enhance our body’s capability to fight infections and viruses.
Vitamin C, being an antioxidant vitamin restricts the accumulation of free radicals which weaken our immune system.
Beta carotene in carrots is highly helpful in flushing the toxins out of our body and is ultimately helpful in detoxification of the liver.
A diet rich in fiber reduces the risk of developing colon cancer by bulking up the stools and helping our body get rid of the toxic waste which may prove harmful.
Carrots are an affluent source of calcium. Just 9 carrots provide calcium equal to a glass of milk.
Deficiency of calcium can lead to osteoporosis
The antioxidant action of Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, a protein necessary for the skin to maintain its elasticity, deficiency of which can lead to symptoms of aging like wrinkles, blemishes etc.