Every day we read more and more posts about new Super foods which are being found all over the world. What we could be failing to make the most of are the foods that are available right where we live.
Carrots are one of these super foods which are available almost everywhere but are often overlooked as a super food.
Taking a look at a number of the health benefits given in a carrot, we discover that they are very rich in Vitamin A and in beta-carotene, which is a really powerful anti-oxidant. A free radical is an atom which has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell. Normal atoms have a pair of electrons, so the free radicals are thought of as unstable. The damage occurs when the free radical moves searching for another electron from a healthy atom or molecule. They also appear to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other disorders of the body and mind.
Carrots are very rich in many B-complex vitamins. They’re also a very good source of vitamin C. The B vitamins are known as mood busters and are extremely great for all things about the brain, while vitamin C helps fight against heart disease by combating free radicals. Additionally it is well know to help lessen the effects of a cold.
Carrots also have a fair amount of minerals such as copper, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. While all of these are important to our overall health, maybe potassium is the more important, as the body can not function without it. Potassium helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium, which most Americans are guilty of consuming way to much of.
There are only about 40 to 45 calories in a medium size raw carrot which adds to its many benefits. Carrots are sweet tasting and when added to healthy new vegetable smoothies help counter some of the sour flavors provided by other not so sweet vegetables.
When buying carrots your first choice ought to be organic. However, lots of people shy away from organic carrots because they are know to grow in odd shapes and sizes. Don’t expect to find them all the exact same size and shape as you would in those cello packed carrots at your local grocery store. A good choice for fresh carrots is the regional farmers market. You might even think about growing your own if you’ve got a tiny space with sunlight. They take about two and a half months from seed to harvest and will be about 1/2 inch around at the top at that time. You also want to water them weekly. While it is going to require a small bit of attention, the benefit of appreciating your own home grown whites far outweigh the small work required.
Carrots are a Superb food that will deliver health directly to your meal.