Saturday, December 31, 2011

Skin Care Benefits of Carrots

The skin is important as a barrier that protects the body from harmful organisms. It also represents the condition of your interanl health, which in an optimum circumstances manifests as glowing skin, but in cases of imbalances, acne, rosacea, dark spots, redness, swelling, oilyness or dryness can occur. Choosing particular foods, such as carrots, that offer nutrients supportive to skin health is important for preventing or alleviating skin disorders and helps you present your healthiest face to the world.


A carrot offers more vitamin A per serving than almost any other vegetable. A large carrot contains 12,028 IU, 241 percent of the 5,000 IU American Dietetic Association daily value. It works by maintaining and repairing skin tissue and mucous membranes, inhibiting the entry of harmful virus and bacteria and improving its surface appearance.
The water in carrots flushes toxins from the body and prevents them from interfering with the body's processes, including skin maintainence and repair. The composition of a carrot contains 88 percent. Juice carrots to benefit from a higher concentration of liquid because it removes the fiber and allows you to consume more carrot nutrients per serving.


The fiber in the diet improves skin health in two ways. It removes excess cholesterol from the body before it can re-enter the bloodstream and clog arteries. When arteries are clear, the blood sends nutrients unobstructed to healthy skin cells for maintenance and repair. Fiber also removes toxins from the intestines with regular elimination. The fiber level in a carrot is 2.0 grams, 8 percent of the 25-gram ADA daily value.


When you consume dietary vitamin C, it develops and repairs collagen and elastin, two components of skin responsible for its structure and firmness. A carrot offers about 4.2 milligrams of vitamin C, 7 percent of the 60-milligram ADA daily value.


Choose carrots with smooth skin, bright color and firm texture. Faded, rubbery carrots are past their prime and offer a lower concentration of nutrients and slightly bitter, unpleasant flavor compared with a healthy, sweet crisp carrot.

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