Carrots: The Wonder Vegetable for Healthy Heart!

Carrots for heart patientsCarrots are rich sources of β-carotene, which is metabolized in the body as Vitamin A. These bright orange vegetable is also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, plenty of antioxidants and dietary fibres.

By virtue of these nutrients carrots slow down the process of ageing, they promote healthy vision, have anti-cancer properties and boost immunity towards various chronic diseases. Yes, carrots do it all for you. This natural health booster enhances the health on various grounds and fills in the essential vitamins that our body needs,like pro-vitamin A, B3, C and E. Other important advantages of carrot besides those mentioned above includes preventing various gastrointestinal complaints like colic, ulcers ,heart attacks and cancer by reducing blood cholesterol levels as it has high soluble fibre levels.

How Carrots Work on Heart Patients?

Beta-carotene the main nutrient of carrot also acts as an anti-oxidant which prevents free radicals responsible for cancer and heart attacks. A study at Texas and Chicago states that men with higher content of Beta-carotene are 37% less prone to heart related diseases.

The β-carotene which is the main nutrient of carrot gets metabolized in the body to form Vitamin A. The vitamin A in our body, prevents hypertrophy (a harmful thickening) of heart walls. It also suppresses remodelling of heart tissue in response to stress, a process that contributes to heart failure.

Carrots also benefit the human heart due to their vitamin K content. Vitamin K activates the protein Gas6, a compound thought to promote cellular communication, including communication among the cells that make up the heart. Vitamin K also helps to control blood clotting.

The vitamin C in carrots helps to improve heart health. According to various research eating a diet rich in vitamin C lowers the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Obesity is a main cause for heart attacks. Carrots help in weight loss, since they are rich in dietary fibres. Eating a bowl of fresh carrot salad before meals helps to fight obesity and aids in healthy weight loss.

Heart problems and obesity cause erectile dysfunction in men. Carrots are best herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction since they help in weight loss and also improve heart health.

A cup of chopped carrots contains enough amount of vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. This provides more than entire day's recommended intake of these vitamins.

. Tip: Cut off the leafy tops of the carrot before storing them. The leafy tops suck the vitamins from the main body robbing its nutrition. You can make best use of carrots by adding it to your favourite juices.

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