Healing Foods – Carrots
*Common Healing Foods Benefits: Diets that are high in carotenoids such as carrots contain have been linked to a reduced risk in contracting postmenopausal breast cancer. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of other cancers including bladder, prostate, colon, larynx, esophagus, and cervix cancer. At the other end of the spectrum, diets that are low in carotenoids have been linked to chronic disease such as heart disease and cancers of various types. They are also thought to help reduce the risks of kidney cancer as well as ovarian cancer.The nutrients in them also promote colon health, stimulate the immune system, inhibit cardiovascular disease, and supports both eye and ear health. They also are a great source of alpha-carotene, which has shown promise in inhibiting tumor growth. They also contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which work together to promote eye health and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, and can promote better vision and better night vision. Chinese medicine uses them to treat such ailments as tumors, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ear infections, earaches, deafness, kidney stones, rheumatism, night blindness,s kin lesions, urinary tract infections, and coughs. *Recommended Dosage and Suggestions: As they say an apple a day, well the same can be applied here to carrots. A serving a day is recommended if you can, and eat them all year round by all means! They are good for you both raw and cooked, although in this case, cooking them helps to break down the tough fibers of carrots, which in turns makes some of the nutrients become more absorbable. The best nutrition comes from fresh whole carrots, as baby carrots are nothing more than processed whole carrots, thus removing some of the nutrients during processing. Some tips to consider when buying and storing carrots are to remove the tops before storing them in the refrigerator. The tops drain the moisture from the roots and cause the carrots to wilt. Commercial carrots typically have high pesticide residues, so buy organic as much as possible, or wash them very, very well!
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We hope these tips for healing foods and carrots help you to live a better life!