Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables and super foods because they are so good for snacking. I eat carrots dipped in hummus nearly everyday. This autumn there were dark purple carrots sold at my local organic shops. They didn’t taste any different, but they made my dinners look a little more interesting. They are definitely on my top list of alkaline foods.

Vibrant Eyes

These crunchy rabbit vegetables are packed full of vitamin A, which is well known as one of the best super foods for the eyes. That is because it is a rich source of beta-carotene. In addition to giving the carrot its name and orange color, it converts to vitamin A, which I vital for 20-20.

The vitamin A forms a purple pigment called rhodopsin the eye needs to see in dim light. Rhodopsin production is spurred by vitamin A, raising the effectiveness of the light-sensitive area of the retina. Not getting enough vitamin A can actually lead to night blindness.

My eyesight is still very good, so it must be down all these orange/purple super foods I am eating.

Natural Skin Care

Carrots are less well known for its positive effect on the skin. It balances the pH of the skin’s surface so that it can effectively defend the skin against acne and aging. In fact, carrots can actually help to clear up skin problems. Adding carrot juice to anti aging skin care products is becoming increasingly popular.

Prevent Disease

In addition, the beta-carotene in carrots is an antioxidant, combating the free radicals that contribute to conditions like cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. They can lower blood pressure naturally.
Research indicates that men with the high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C had a 37% lower risk of cancer than the men with lower levels.

These super foods also contain another natural antioxidant supplement called alpha-carotene. A study conducted in Bethesda, MD concluded that men who consume high amounts of alpha carotene have a lower incidence of lung cancer.

Carrots are incredibly delicous in healthy smoothie recipes or fresh juices because they add a delicious natural sweetness, and so many powerful nutrients.

Author's Bio: 

Sheryl is an authority on the importance of nutritional and emotional health. Optimum health requires balance on both levels. She has helped thousands of people regain their health through her private practice and her writing.

In addition to having monthly health columns in several magazines and websites, she also has her own website and blog on preventing disease, living longer, looking naturally healthy, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous.

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