Black Carrot Health Benefits

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The Extraordinary Health Benefits of Black (Purple) Carrot
Black/ Purple Carrots is very common in Turkey, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and India. It is grown for its herbal properties and consumed for its special taste.

Black Carrots contain Anthocyanins (part of the flavonoid family) along with other anti-oxidants. Flavonoids are known for anticancer properties and as inhibitors of LDL (the bad) cholesterol.  

Anti-Carcinogenic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells
. Research conducted at the University of Maryland analyzed the chemo-preventive effects of anthocyanin against colon cancer, and found that Anthocyanin extracts were capable of inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. Research also suggested that anthocyanins have strong anti-inflammatory properties which can help alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some experts believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of anthocyanins are even stronger than those of aspirin.

The Black Carrot variety has anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungicidal qualities. Research also indicated that Anthocyanins benefits eyesight by enhancing night vision, increasing circulation within the capillaries of retina, fighting macular degeneration, and reducing the risk of retinopathy in diabetic patients.

Often referred to as "the eye vitamin" the Lutein in purple carrots is known for its eye health protecting qualities. Lutein is commonly used as a preventive for treatment of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Likewise venous insufficiency or varicose veins through dietary modification can be done by adding purple carrots and other foods that contain anthocyanins to your diet. Anthocyanins help fight varicose veins by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue, by repairing damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls, and by promoting circulation and overall health of the vascular system.