We see Carrots which are of different sizes and shapes. Carrots have special healing properties. These properties are due to its nutritional components like beta carotene. Carrots are rich in anti-oxidants and contain plenty of minerals and vitamins. The rich fiber content of carrot helps body to lose weight. carrot juice is very helpful in weight loss. Carrot juice not only helps in weight loss but also helps to lose belly fat. The fibers in carrot or in its juice help to trap fat molecules and expel them out before they get absorbed in body. Thus fat gets mopped when we use fresh vegetables like carrot. The anti-oxidants present in body nullify effect of free radicals and help to detoxify body. Carrots are low in calorie content and fill the stomach when consumed before meal. Thus intake of calories through meal reduces. This leads to weight loss.
Based on principles of ayurveda when you eat raw carrots , it increases vata. Increased vata accelerates metabolism by kindling agni or digestive fire. This process increases metabolism and the body fat acts as fuel for this process. Thus more body fat get metabolised.
The other benefits of carrots are as follows
Builds healthy skin, protects the eyes: Carrots are rich in anti-oxidants. They are also store houses of vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Vitamin C has immense healing properties and Beta carotene acts as anti-inflammatory. Both these nutrients help skin to recover from wounds and inflammation. They also help to speed up the healing process. Persons who suffer from skin diseases like Psoriasis, eczema, allergic rashes etc can add carrot to their daily diet. The skin of obese people looks aged. Carrots works wonders on their skin. It imparts an young look and also improves skin glow
Keeps hair and nails in good condition: Carrots are rich source of biotin. The biotin and other nutrients like beta carotene in carrots help in growth of strong hair and healthy nails. Hair loss is another problem of obese people. Including carrots in their weight loss diet helps to improve hair growth and also prevents hair loss.
Helps keep diabetes away by regulating the blood sugar: Various studies have shown that carrots are beneficial for diabetics. People with diabetes can include this colourful vegetable in their daily diet. Carrot juice contains sugar and carbohydrates , but it does not elevate blood sugar level. Usually diabetes follows obesity. If you include carrot in diet , it not only helps in weight loss but also keeps the blood sugar under control.
Good for heart disease prevention: Weight gain affects heart too. Carrots are very good for heart. (Read Benefits of carrots for heart disease) and provide Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron, Sulphur and Copper. Keep your heart healthy with this vegetable while using this for weight loss.
Protects against cancer: Cancer can be fought by eating good foods which are rich in ant-oxidants and other phyto-nurients. The best way is to juice carrots and drink it every day. Since carrots are rich in anti-oxidants and other vitamins they help to slow down growth of cancerous cells and improve body energy level
Improves the quality of breast milk : Carrots contain Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Moms who want to lose post pregnancy weight can use carrots for weight loss. Carrots supply plenty of nutrients which improves quality of breast milk and also aid in weight loss.
Keeps Constipation at bay: Carrots provide good amount of fibers which improve motility of intestine and provide bulk for stool formation. Weight gain leads to constipation . But using carrots in diet not only help to lose weight but also provide solution to constipation. Some men suffer from erectile dysfunction due to constipation. (Read Can constipation cause erectile dysfunction ?). Also A carrot a day keeps diarrhoea away
Recipes of Carrot which help in weight loss
Carrot tomato salad
Carrot – 2- coarsely grated
Tomato -1- finely chopped (Read Health benefits of Tomato)
Cilantro – finely chopped 2 tea spoon
Lemon juice – 1 tea spoon
Pepper (optional) -
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and consume it before meals
Carrot Juice For Weight Loss and to lose belly fat
Carrot juice is very effective in weight loss as it contains lot of fiber and fills stomach. Never strain carrot juice to remove fibers. The fibers of carrot mop the fat particles from digestive system .Hence carrot juice help to lose belly fat
Carrot – 1 well washed and coarsely grated
Ginger – ¼ inch (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger)
Cumin seeds or jeera – ¼ spoon
Lemon – 1 tea spoon (Read Lemon and Honey for Weight Loss )
Grind all ingredients in a mixer. Add water if needed. Do not strain this juice as you may lose the benefits of fibers. Drink this juice in empty stomach in early morning.
Carrots are very useful for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to obesity. It is suggested in food list for men who undergo Vajikarana Therapy to regain their sexual strength. Dates and Carrot salad is a recommended recipe for men.
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