Carrots get their yellow orange color due to the presense of carotene. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, B complex, C D, E, K, anti-oxidants, phytochemicals, minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulphur, iron which nourish and moisturise the skin.
Carrots donot contain Vitamin A, but they have carotene in them Our body converts this carotene into Vitamin A as and when needed. carotene is fat soluble. If you drink excess of carrot juice this carotene is stored in the body and is not converted to vitamin A, so Vitamin A toxicity due to excessive intake of carrot juice doesnot arise. It is however advisable to avoid over consumption of carrot juice.
Beautifying properties of carrots
Carrot juice has healing and curative properties for healthy, glowing skin. Vitamin A present in carrots reduce photosensitivity and protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiences of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone.
Carrot facial mask
carotenes present in carrots bring a beautiful glow on your skin and act against blemishes and uneven skin tone. Puree a carrot and strain it.
- 2 spoons carrot juice
- 2 drops honey
- 1 spoon oatmeal flour (or any flour or clay of your choice)
Mix all these and let work on your skin for 20 mins. Rinse with water.
For oily skin you can even add some cucumber juice to the given recipe and milk for dry skin.
The cleansing effect of carrots
Vitamin A helps the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It has a cleansing effect and reduces the bile and fat in the liver. Certain oils present in carrot juice help in digestion and proper bowel functioning. Thefibres present in carrots clean out your colon and speed up faecal matter movement.
How to eat carrots
Carrots contain large concentrations of carotenoids which are tightly encased in protein sacs that have to be broken by heat (cooking) or mechanical action (grinding, juicing, proper chewing). Cooking the carrots in fat, oils or pureeing, juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600%. Fats help the absorption of carotenoids into the blood by 1000% as carotenoids are fat soluble.
Do you know drinking a glass of carrot juice for upto a month can get rid of glasses and give you a clearer, healthy vision. Carrots help improve our eye sight. The vitamin A helps synthesis a purple pigment called rhodopsin which the eye needs to see in dim light. Carrots also contain alpha and beta carotenoids, xanthophylls, lutein which help to fight macular degeneration and vision loss. Red carrots and tomatoes also contain lycopene which reduces risk of macular degeneration.
Rich in anti oxidants
Carrots are rich in anti oxidants that are effective against some cancers such as breast, ovarian, lung and also prevent stroke and heart disease.
Reduces blood acidity
Processed foods that are consumed are responsible for many diseases that make our body suffer. These foods increase the acidic tendency of our body. Since our body our 60% water it can be either in acidic, alkaline or neutral state. We should make efforts to maintain the proper ph balance of the blood for optimum health. Our blood should be in alkaline state to ensure beautiful skin, hair and good health.Fruits and vegetables especialyy carrots are alkaline in nature. These juices are recommended to reduce the acidic level of blood. Potassium in carrots neutralize the excess acid in the blood. The calcium and potassium found in blood is easily assimilated in full as opposed to that found in dairy products.