Not just the view; Science Says Carrots Benefit Liver Health and Help Manage Diabetes

ODidn’t you hear your grandmother or an elder insist that eating carrots is good for your eyes? But did you know that Bugs Bunny’s favorite tuber also has a whole host of other benefits? These include boosting immunity, improving liver health, preventing diabetes and cancer, and much more.

Healthy eyes and heart

The beta-carotene in carrots helps convert vitamin A into the pigment rhodopsin, which helps improve your eyesight in low light or at night. Vitamin A helps the eye convert light into a signal sent to the brain, improving vision. It is also responsible for lowering cholesterol levels. Studies show that vitamin A can reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol by up to 25%, improving heart health. It also prevents damage from harmful sun exposure and reduces premature wrinkles and unhealthy skin.

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Carotenoid richness

Carotenoids are natural hydrocarbons present in the form of pigments in all photosynthetic organisms. They are responsible for yellow, orange and red colored plants. They are known to prevent the growth of cancer cells. They are also recognized for their antioxidant and antidiabetic properties, their ability to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease by improving immune system function. The carotenoid pigment, which also gives carrots their distinctive color, is known for its protective properties such as a UV absorber, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Carotenoids may also reduce the risk of lung and skin cancer and slow macular degeneration or retinal deterioration, thereby improving eye health.

For a healthy liver

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects around 30% of the adult population in India. The disease occurs due to genetic factors and a changed lifestyle, such as a high fructose diet. Studies indicate that consuming adequate amounts of carrots can lead to a healthy liver under high fructose diet conditions.

Keep diabetes at bay

Carrots contain both vitamin B-6 and fiber, which have an important role to play. People with type 2 diabetes lack vitamins B-1 and B-6. Research indicates that the initial stages of diabetic nephropathy, i.e. declining kidney function, are common in people with low vitamin B-6 levels, which negatively affects diabetes outcomes. Additionally, the nutrient also plays a crucial role in increasing metabolism.

Fiber intake is a crucial part of blood sugar management in people with diabetes. An increase in dietary fiber intake helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. In addition, fiber intake may, in the long term, lower fasting blood sugar levels in diabetics.

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A word of warning

Although carrots are healthy, excessive consumption has its drawbacks. Eating too many carrots can lead to increased toxicity, and high levels of beta-carotene can cause skin discoloration. The phenomenon is called carotenemia, which results in orange-pigmented skin, especially on the palms, knees, soles of the feet and nose.

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Edited by Divya Sethu

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