Naturally sweet, delicious and healthy…yep, it’s carrot facts! Carrots add a whole new element of nutrition to the standard diet. It’s one of those mild veggies that’s slightly sweet – just right!
Yes, carrots are rich in beta-carotene. We do mention that antioxidant quite frequently throughout this website, but really, what is it? Excellent question!
Beta-carotene is a part of the cartenoid family contributing to the pigment found in most fruits and vegetables.
Beta-carotene is primarily responsible for the orange pigment found in different fruits and veggies, but can also be found in red, yellow and green colored produce as well. And as you can see, carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene due to their intense orange color.
Now that we know what beta-carotene is…what does it do for our bodies? Another great question!
Well, beta carotene, once consumed, is converted by the body into vitamin A. It’s an antioxidant that is essential for eye health, immune system function, healthy skin etc…
When you think of vitamin C, chances are you think of citrus fruits, and yes that’s true, but vitamin C is also available in carrots too. This particular vitamin plays an important role in repairing damaged tissue/cells as well as aiding healthy tissue to continue to grow strong.
This vitamin is also an antioxidant that helps prevent the spread of free radicals in the body. Since the body cannot synthesize (make) vitamin C, it must be obtained through our food source. So, eating vitamin C rich foods are an excellent healthy choice.
Yes, carrots are packed full of B vitamins…thiamine, known as B1, niacin, known as B3, pyridoxine, known as B6. Most all of the B vitamins are essential for healthy energy levels, but let’s take a look below on what each one of these are specifically responsible for.
B1 – is essential for a healthy immune system. This vitamin helps to convert the carbohydrates in the body into energy. It's also essential for a healthy heart and a healthy nervous system.
B3 – this vitamin is directly related to the adrenal glands, very necessary to keep stress levels under control.
B6 – this vitamin helps break down proteins so that the body can use them, and like vitamin B3, it helps to maintain formal nervous system function.
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