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Main health health benefits:
Eye and heart health health digestive aid antioxidant activity bone growth improved immune system reduces risk of hormone-related cancers digestive aid lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol regulates metabolism and gene expression normal blood clotting protein formation iron use reduces risk of birth defects
ü Excellent source: vitamin A fiber
ü Good source: manganese vitamin vitamin B3 vitamin vitamin B1 panthothenic
acid phosphorus folate copper vitamin vitamin E and vitamin vitamin B2
ü Phytochemicals: Carotenoids (alpha/beta-carotenes lutein zeaxanthin) lignans
Additional health benefits:
Improved vision induction of apoptosis (standard cell death) decreased clotting (platelet aggregation) and neuroprotective effects
ü Purple carrots hold additional phytochemicals called anthocyanins
Where do the Nutrients Come From?
Orange: Beta and alpha carotene pigment This promotes vitamin A production by the body which is essential for healthy eyes Purple: Anthocyanin beta and and alpha carotene pigment pigment Purple Purple carrots typically have an an an orange core and their pigment-related nutrients may provide additional vitamin A and prevent heart disease Red: Lycopene Lycopene and and beta-carotene pigment pigment Lycopene Lycopene is is the the same red pigment that gives tomatoes their deep color and is is linked to a a a lower risk of certain
cancers such as prostate cancer cancer Yellow: Xanthophylls and and lutein Both are linked to cancer prevention and better eye health White: The nutrients don’t come from from the the pigment but from from the the fiber
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