September, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat
What’s Up Doc?
Bugs Bunny’s Carrot that’s what!
Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes, and are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world, partly because they grow relatively easily and are very versatile in a number of dishes and cultural cuisines. In central Asian and Middle Eastern countries, but they were viewed as more of a medicinal herb than a food. The average American eats only one cup a week.
Early carrots (some believe they may even date back to early Egypt) were not orange. Instead, they came in a variety of colors like purple, white, red, yellow and black. The orange carrots known and loved today are the result of cross breeding red and yellow carrots, which was done back in the 16th century. Choose carrots with the deepest, darkest orange color as they contain the highest levels of beta-carotene (the deep rich yellow, red, orange, and purple colors in fruits and vegetables). The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for ‘carrot’. The word “carrot” has its origins in the Greek word “karoton,”
Bugs bunny’s favorite food became associated with strong eyesight during World War II when the British Royal Air Force managed to gun down German aircrafts even at nights. The air force fabricated a story of how their skilled fighter pilot John “Cats’ eyes” Cunningham attributed his excellent night vision due to a carrot-enriched diet. Although there is certainly some truth to the war propaganda regarding night vision, beta-carotene is found in much higher concentrations in leafy greens such as spinach. Even though it started as a myth, having carrots do help in maintaining healthy eyes.
Here are the TOP 8 nutritional benefits of Carrots: A 113%, Biotin 20%, K 18%, Fiber 14%, Molybdenum 14%, Potassium 11%,
Vitamin C 10%, Vitamin B6 10%.
- Improved Vision Vitamin A is very important for healthy eyes and is essential for the maintenance of visual function protecting against macular degeneration and senile cataracts, including protection against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. The only carotenoids found inside the retina of the human eye are the xanthophylls (lutein and zeaxanthin)(pigments yellow, orange, and red). Nature’s Pharmacy has a way of showing you it’s benefits through its foods. A slice of carrot looks like a human eye.
- Anti-inflammatory Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which are believed to fight inflammation. Vitamin A being fat soluble needs a fat to help absorb its benefits in the blood. As little as 3-5 g of fat appears sufficient to ensure absorption.
- Anti-aging: The high level of beta-carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
- Healthy Glowing Skin (from the inside out)
Vitamin A protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of Vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone.
- Healthy Skin: Increases blood in your scalp and increasing hair growth. necessary to build healthy fats in the skin to keep it supple and moist. Lactating mother’s consuming high biotin foods reduced symptoms of cradle cap in nursing infants.
- Bone Density for proper blood clotting. One of the proteins found in bone, especially linked to our bone mineral density (BMD) Vitamin K helps our body keep Potassium process in check.
- Fiber (soluble): soluble fiber ~ is soft and sticky, and absorbs water to form a gel-like substance inside the digestive system.Flushing out the toxins
- It cleans out the colon, by helping it pass smoothly through the digestive tract. Cleansing the body, Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body.
- It produces a hormone called glucagon to reduce blood sugar levels.
- Reducing cholesterol levels because of the soluble fibers bind with bile acids.
- Molybdenum It is a unique part of the protein in our food, providing oxygen-based energy production offering detoxify unwanted contaminants.
- essential for antioxidant protection
- plays a unique role in the structure of our connective tissue.
- Blood Sugar Regulation Biotin B7 plays a major role in your blood glucose production, keeping your blood sugar at healthy levels. Involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates and regulation of the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized, helping those with Diabetes.
- Potassium an electrolyte is a mineral required to help conduct nerve impulses, regulate the rhythm of the heart and control muscle contraction.
- It also plays a part in maintaining bone health and fluid balance.
- Prevent Stroke – It is recognized as a means to prevent stroke by 2/3 and hypertension. The beta carotene in the carrots is what provides this protection. their antioxidant activity. Carotene prevents cholesterol from becoming toxic and being able to form plaque and clots in the arteries promoting good circulation.
- It supports healthy blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing more blood, nutrients, oxygen to flow to the vital brain areas stimulating neural activity and increasing cognitive function as well as muscle functions as in cardiovascular health and various heart diseases.
- It is necessary for maintaining optimal fluid balance levels inside and outside the cell and for the contraction of heart muscles.
- Bone strength – bone cells in charge of bone demineralization—they help take minerals out of the bone and make them available for other body functions.
- Helps arthritis, sore back muscles, rheumatism or sprains and bruises.
- Type-2 diabetes Potassium stimulates the production of insulin.
- many types of cancers
- Vitamin C Boosts immunity, stimulating the activity of White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes or leucocytes, are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders.
Vitamin C Boosts immunity. Vitamin C is also essential for the maximum absorption of iron in the body.
- Brain Health Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings, and commands around our brains and throughout our nervous system like to produce serotonin, a hormone that plays a critical role in wide variety of body systems, including the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system, and digestive system. Our moods, daily bodily rhythms (including sleep-wake cycles), and experiences of stress and pain depend on serotonin.
- Promotes a healthy metabolism, neurological brain health, mood enhancer.
- Vitamin B6 and magnesium together help in reducing anxiety, especially in women who suffer from anxiety during the pre-menstrual periods.
- Cancer Prevention Carotenoid antioxidant power that helps reduce free radicals in the body. Carrots contain phytonutrients called polyacetylenes and other components that inhibit cancer growth. Lowers risk in colon and prostate cancers, has been seen from researchers in lung, breast, and colon.
- A Powerful Antiseptic Vitamin C, Water-soluble antioxidant, helps the body develop resistance to infections.
- Prevent Heart Disease beta and alpha-carotene (orange-red pigments) and lutein (deep yellow pigment), which are antioxidants that fight cholesterol and also help reduce the risk of a heart attack. Reducing cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids. Jump over to the benefits of orange colored foods and yellow colored foods. alpha and beta-carotene into vitamin A for the maintenance of healthy skin and bones, good vision, and a robust immune system.
- Healthy Teeth and Gums Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or tooth paste. Carrots stimulate gums, triggers a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid forming and cavity forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
- Avoiding storing them near apples, pears or potatoes, as the ethylene gas they release may turn your carrots bitter.
- Remove green tops prior to storing them in the fridge. They will cause the carrot to wilt faster. But don’t throw them away.
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL: Health comes from within.
You cannot buy it in a bottle.