Carrots And Your Mental Health

Carrots are one of the top 10 raw foods related to better mental health.The carrot (Daucus carota) is a nutrient-dense root rich in antioxidants, fiber, beta carotene.

Carrots on my mind

Carrots have been extensively studied for many years because of their proposed nutritional benefits. Of particular interest has been beta-carotene, an antioxidant present in carrots that’s responsible for its orange pigment. Beta-carotene is hardly the only responsible nutrient, though – carrots are jam packed full of nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and different antioxidants.

Mental health, defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

A research by the Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand in 2015, suggests that more intake of fruit and vegetables leads one to being more curious, creative and engaged. Carrots are often claimed to be the perfect health food.

Eating carrots daily can help to improve your mental health in a way you have never imagined.

Let me show you a simple carrot salad recipe that you can devour at anytime.

Ingredients :

a. Freshly grated carrot( 3 to 4 medium – sized carrots).

b. 1 medium – sized seedless cucumber, chopped .

c. 1 large apple, (peeled or not) depending on your preference, then chopped .

d. 1/3 cup of mayonnaise.

Instructions :

1. Combine the carrots, cucumber , apple and mayonnaise in a medium bowl.

2. Serve or chill before serving, depending on your preference.

No matter how you want to improve your mental health, a bowl of carrots salad is one of the best options that are available.

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